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Oklahoma Whistleblower Laws

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Code Section40§402, et seq.
Prohibited Employer ActivityCan not discharge, discriminate, or take adverse personnel action if employee files a complaint, institutes a proceeding, or testifies regarding a violation of Occupational Safety and Health Act which causes or is likely to cause death or serious physical harm
Protection for Public or Private Employees?Public
Opportunity for Employer to Correct?Yes
RemediesFile complaint with commissioner
PenaltiesMisdemeanor

Code Section74§840-2.5
Prohibited Employer ActivityNo officer or employee of any state agency shall prohibit or take disciplinary action if employee disclosed public information, reports a violation of state or federal law, rule, or policy, mismanagement, gross waste of public funds, abuse of authority, or substantial and specific danger to public health and safety
Protection for Public or Private Employees?Public
Opportunity for Employer to Correct?-
RemediesCan file an appeal with Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission within 60 days of disciplinary action to get corrective action
PenaltiesViolator can be suspended without pay, demoted or discharged, probation for 6 months. If they knowingly or willfully violate, court will forfeit their position and hold them ineligible for appointment or employment for a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 5 years

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