Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oklahoma Amends State Anti-Discrimination Act to Include Pregnancy as a Form of Discrimination

Oklahoma has amended the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA) to include pregnancy as a form of discrimination. With this amendment, working expectant mothers can now file private lawsuits at the state level when they feel they’ve been discriminated against because of their pregnancy.

The 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act amended the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include pregnancy as a form of discrimination; however, Oklahoma’s corresponding state law had not been amended.  With Senate Bill 1814 passed and signed into law, that loophole has been corrected.

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