[author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor]
On November 6, 2012, voters in Oklahoma approved the Oklahoma Affirmative Action Ban Amendment, State Question 759 which eliminates affirmative action in state employment. This constitutional amendment bans affirmative action programs in the state and prohibits individuals from receiving special treatment based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, education and contracting. The ban applies to the state, public agencies, counties, cities, towns, schools districts and other state subdivisions. There is an exception when affirmative action is already in place because of a court order or when it is necessary to secure federal funding.
This amendment has a significant impact on Oklahoma employers who will be required to base employment decisions on an individual's qualifications and not his or her membership in a protected class.
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