They say you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, but that’s not always true. After several years of effort, the Oklahoma Legislature has finally rewritten Oklahoma’s employment discrimination laws, and put the “genie” of public policy tort back in the bottle, so to speak.
In short, the Legislature significantly revised the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act to eliminate public policy tort lawsuits based on traditional protected classifications, such as when a former employee claims termination based on age, race, national origin, gender, or disability, or retaliation related to those protected classifications, and then demands a million dollars for emotional distress and punitive damages. Now, there will be no more of that.
Labor and employment attorneys from McAfee & Taft, led by Sam Fulkerson, played a major role in assisting The State Chamber of Oklahoma in revising the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act and pushing the new law through the legislative process.
Highlights of the new law include the following...
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