Sooner than later, employers in the Sooner State must post a new Discrimination notice due to a recent update issued by the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General.
What’s New and What’s the Same?
Certain descriptions of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation that appeared on the previous notice have been streamlined on the new Discrimination notice; however, the discrimination categories remain the same. Discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, or genetic information is still prohibited.
The notice now states that if an employee contacts the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement (OCRE), it does not conflict with or affect any other rights the employee may have, including:
- Appeal procedures through the Oklahoma Merit Protection
- Internal grievance procedures through an employer
A new street address and phone number have been provided for employees who wish to file or discuss a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Oklahoma City. In addition, the notice includes a new phone number for the Tulsa office and an email address for sending electronic inquiries. The website address for the Office of the Attorney General remains the same (www.oag.ok.gov).
One other item that remains unchanged is that employment discrimination complaints must be filed with the OCRE within 180 days after an alleged discriminatory act.
Compliance Made Easy
That’s all the news we have right now for Oklahoma, but if you order our 1-Year Compliance Plan, you will automatically receive the updated Oklahoma poster as soon as it is available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the 12-month period, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep you in compliance!