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Employee Rights & Relations

Overview

The primary focus of the Employee Rights and Relations Unit is to serve the employees of the agency by providing technical expertise, knowledge, support and assistance in adherence to employment related rules/regulations, policies, procedures, laws, and in agency practices.

The Unit investigates formal discrimination grievances which come under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act complaints, cultural diversity and other related issues. The Employee Rights and Relations Unit is a staff service to handle all formal and informal issues.

Discrimination results when distinctions or differentiations are based on an employee’s protected class status (race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, handicap, Vietnam era or disabled veteran) in violation of one or more employment laws that include Oklahoma Statutes, Merit Rules for Employment and federal laws, regulations, acts and orders.


Goals

  • Ensure that all EEO posters and program information is prominently posted throughout the agency’s facilities
  • A reduction in employee grievances and complaints
  • Continued communication(s) with agency leadership and subordinates
  • Cultural diversity (good faith practices)
  • Provide training and development to all employees and supervisors on Civil
  • Rights rules, regulations, policy procedures and laws
  • Assist in resolving issues and conflict informally
  • Demonstrate the value of equal employment opportunity to the agency and employees
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Employee Rights and Relations Unit Staff are available to any staff member and/or members of the public who may have questions or in need of information pertaining to the services we provide. The Employee Rights and Relations Unit always lead from the front by “Protecting the Public, Protecting the Employee and Protecting the Offender.”