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Terms of Employment: Oklahoma

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

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

Author: Jonathan G. Rector, Crowe & Dunlevy P.C.


  • Oklahoma law prohibits employers from denying an individual employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the employer can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such employer. See Prohibited Discrimination in Hiring.
  • Under Oklahoma law, there is a rebuttable presumption that employment is at-will. See At-Will Employment.
  • An employment agreement lasting for one year or longer must be written and signed in order to be enforceable. See Employment Contracts.
  • A covenant not to compete is valid in Oklahoma only insofar as it restricts a former employee from soliciting established customers of the employer. See Post-Employment Restrictions.