Oklahoma Sexual Harassment laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma Sexual Harassment: What you need to know

The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits all public and private employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of sex ( OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1101 et seq.). Contractors or subcontractors that provide goods or services to the state are considered employers under the Act.
Interpretive guidelines issued by the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission expressly provide that sexual harassment is a violation of the state's Anti-Discrimination Act (OK Admin. Code Sec. 335:15-3-10).
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The state Human Rights Commission defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of employment, is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, unreasonably interferes with the individual's work performance, or creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive working environment (OK Admin. Code Sec. 335:15-3-10). An employer is responsible for harassment by:
• Supervisors, whether or not it knew of the supervisor's actions
• An individual's co-workers, if the employer knew or should have known of the actions and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action
• Nonemployees who harass employees in the workplace (e.g., delivery persons on the business premises), if the employer knew or should have known of the harassment and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action
Employers that are covered under the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act are also covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Under Title VII, employers are prohibited from ...

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