Oklahoma Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

Practices or policies that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible for employment may constitute national origin discrimination within the meaning of the Oklahoma Civil Rights Act (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1302 et seq.).
The Act applies to all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees.
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Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate based on national origin, in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The Oklahoma attorney general's office enforces the Civil Rights Act. The office may receive, investigate, seek to conciliate, hold hearings on, and pass upon complaints. Claims may also be decided in a civil action.
Remedies include hiring, reinstatement, or upgrading of employees (with or without back pay), and possibly the payment of attorneys' fees.
For additional information, visit www.ok.gov/oag/.
The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the legal status and right to work of all new hires. To satisfy verification requirements, employers should ask all new hires for documents establishing both identity and work authorization.
Public employer. State law requires all public employers to register with and use a "status verification system" to verify the federal employment authorization status of all new employees.
Contractor requirements. Public employers may not enter into a contract for the physical performance of services within Oklahoma unless the contractor registers and participates in the status ...

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