Anti-Discrimination Act ruling favorable to Oklahoma employers

Crowe & Dunlevy’s Leonard Court discusses recent Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act
Oklahoman Published: March 21, 2014

Q&A with Leonard Court

Anti-Discrimination Act ruling

is favorable to state employers

Q: Explain the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act.

A: The Oklahoma Supreme Court late last month handed down a major victory for the business community concerning recent legislative changes to Oklahoma’s Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA). The court unanimously upheld the damages provisions contained within the OADA, refusing to strike down these provisions as unconstitutional. The new provisions limit damages to back pay, reinstatement, liquidated damages and attorneys fees.

Q: What were the facts of the case?

A: The plaintiff, Guindelee MacDonald, filed suit against Integris Health Inc. in August 2012, alleging that she had been discriminated against on the basis of her age (56 at time of dismissal) and gender when her employment was terminated by the defendant. She alleged that she was owed the former full range of tort damages available to her on her state law claims of discrimination under the OADA, including punitive damages and emotional distress damages, because the OADA amendment concerning damages was unconstitutional.

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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