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Fallin executive order: Agency directors, state officials directed to crack down on sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination

Governor Mary Fallin

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order Friday afternoon directing all state officials and agency directors to build an environment free from sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination.

“Sexual harassment is wrong and cannot be tolerated,” said Fallin. “We have seen a growing number of sexual harassment incidents reported in Oklahoma and across the nation. Our state employees, like all Oklahomans, have a right to work in an environment free from any form of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and unlawful discrimination.”

Executive Order 2017-41 directs all agency directors and state officials to be “proactive in training their employees about inappropriate behavior and prohibiting employees from engaging in such behavior.”

According to the order, they are directed to clearly notify their employees of the agency’s policy in the area of sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination. They are also directed to notify employees the procedure for filing a complaint of sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination with the attorney general’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Attorney General Mike Hunter says employees should feel safe in the workplace and encouraged state agency directors and all public officials to utilize the training already offered by the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.

“Employees in both the public and private sector should feel protected in the workplace,” Hunter said. “I encourage both state agencies and private sector businesses to reach out to our office to inquire about sexual harassment training.”

Click here for more information on the attorney general’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.