Oklahoma Employment Discrimination Law

Federal law has a set of employment discrimination laws;  so too, Oklahoma has its own set of employment discrimination laws

To begin to understand the Oklahoma employment discrimination law, it is important to know what the keywords mean. 

Below is a list of the definitions of important terms used Oklahoma employment discrimination act, which, if you are interested, you can take a look at through this link Section 1101.

Employer means:

a. a legal entity, institution or organization that pays one or more individuals a salary or wages for work performance, or

b. a legal entity, institution or organization which contracts or subcontracts with the state, a governmental entity or a state agency to furnish material or perform work.

Employer does not include a Native American tribe or a bona fide membership club, other than a labor organization, that is exempt from taxation under Title 26, Section 501(c) of the United States Code;

Employment agency means a person regularly undertaking with or without compensation to procure employees for an employer or to procure for employees opportunities to work for an employer and includes an agent of such a person;

Labor organization means:

a. an organization of any kind, an agency or employee representation committee, group, association, or plan in which employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours, or other terms or conditions of employment,

b. a conference, general committee, joint or system board, or joint council so engaged which is subordinate to a national or international labor organization, or

c. an agent of a labor organization;

Individual with a disability means a person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities, has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment;

Age discrimination in employment means discrimination in employment of persons who are at least forty (40) years of age;

Sex, because of sex or based on sex includes, but is not limited to, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work;

Genetic information means information derived from the results of a genetic test. “Genetic information” shall not include family history, the results of a routine physical examination or test, the results of a chemical, blood or urine analysis, the results of a test to determine drug use, the results of a test for the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus, or the results of any other test commonly accepted in clinical practice at the time it is ordered; and

Employee means an individual who receives a salary or wages from an employer. Employee shall not include independent contractors.