Oklahoma--Laws Relating to Pregnancy


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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

It is a discriminatory practice for an employer to discriminate based on sex. Sex includes but is not limited to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.

For the text of the statute, click here.[1]

Pregnancy Accommodation

Oklahoma does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

Oklahoma does not specifically accommodate pregnancy or its attendant medical conditions as a disability.

Breastfeeding Rights

Mothers have the right to breastfeed in any location they are allowed to be. It is unclear whether this extends to a mother’s place of employment, but another statute provides that employers may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to breastfeed or express breast milk for her child.

For the text of the statutes, click here.[2]

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Pregnant women who otherwise qualify for benefits may not be prevented from receiving said benefits for the full number of weeks to which they are entitled.

For the text of the statute, click here.[3]

For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.

For the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, click here.

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[1] Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 25, § 1301-1302

[3] Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 40, § 2-414