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Employment Labor Law Enforcement Authorities
Listed below are enforcement authorities that can assist you with filing a complaint. The areas of authority are listed with an address and telephone number. Please contact the enforcement agency you feel may be able to assist you. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is not an enforcement authority for Employer Labor Laws. We can only assist you in finding a referral source that may be able to assist you with your complaint.
Complaint Referral Aids
I. Oklahoma Agencies
History & Function: The Commission was created by the Legislature in 1963 with a directive to "work towards removing friction, eliminating discrimination and promote unity and understanding among all the people of Oklahoma." In 1968 the Commission was assigned to administer a new law prohibiting discrimination in employment and access to public accommodations.
History & Function: The ODOL regulates wage and hour laws; enforces child labor laws; ensures that employers provide workers' compensation coverage; administers licensing for the asbestos and welding industries; enforces asbestos abatement regulations; and, inspects pressure vessels and amusement rides, among a long list of other responsibilities.
Workers' Compensation Court (Industrial Commission)
History & Function: The workers' Compensation Court is a statutory agency created in 1951 as the State Industrial Commission. The Court is responsible for adjudicating workmen's compensation claims and consists of seven (7) judges appointed by the Governor with one designed as the presiding judge. Awards or decisions of the Court are final and conclusive unless appealed to the State Supreme Court within twenty (20) days.
Merit Protection Commission
Function: Review and process appeals from state employees who feel that their rights, under the State Personnel Act have been violated.
Office of Handicapped Concerns
Function: To further opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in all aspects of Oklahoma Life.
Better Business Bureau
Function: To report a fraudulent business practice: Also call your local police, the state attorney general's consumer investigation department. Attorney General Consumer Unit: 521-4274
II. Federal Agencies
U.S. Department of Labor Employment Standards Administration, (ESA), Wage and Hour Division
Function: Establish fair labor standards for federal minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, wage garnishment, child labor and government contract standards. Also administer MSPA (Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act) and Employer Polygraph Protection and Family Medical Leave Act, Employer Polygraph Protection and Family Medical Leave Act.
ESA - Wage and Hour Division Area Office: ESA Field
ESA Wage and Hour Field Stations
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Function: Enforce health and safety regulations to provide safe and healthy work for employees. Also provides Form 200 Accident Injury Report.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Function: Investigates complaints of employment discrimination where an individual believes there has been discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin and age in private industry, state, and local government. Enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and takes charge of discrimination from federal employees based on handicap.
III. Other Agencies
U.S. Department of Justice
Function: Enforces immigration statutes.
Federal Information Center
Function: Provides information about federal: employment, income taxes, immigration services, social security benefits and other federal agencies, programs and services.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Function: The NLRB conduct secret-ballot elections to determine whether employees want union representation and investigate and remedy unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
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