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Involuntary Terminations: Oklahoma

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Oklahoma courts do not use a specific definition of "cause" when employers terminate employees for "cause" or "good cause," but certain promises can elevate at-will employment relationships to employment contracts requiring cause for termination. See Termination for Cause.
  • The Oklahoma Whistleblower Act protects certain employees from adverse employment decisions and termination if they engage in legally protected activities. See The Oklahoma Whistleblower Act.
  • The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act is the sole remedy for employees who claim discrimination in the workplace. This statute does not add any categories of protected workers to those who are recognized and protected by federal law. See The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act.
  • Employers who face unemployment claims have a means to dispute the validity of claims by making an electronic filing. See Disputing Unemployment Claims.