Former Oklahoma State Department of Health Employee Sues ‘Retaliatory Dismissal’ for Opposing Discrimination

Former Oklahoma State Department of Health Employee Sues ‘Retaliatory Dismissal’ for Opposing Discrimination

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“Mr. Terry claims that there were several employees that came to him and reported that they were being discriminated against because they have either FMLA leave or sought FMLA leave or because they needed accommodations for disabilities, some kind of medical condition,” Hurst said. “Mr. Terry found that she had wanted to make this more difficult,” Hurst said.

The documents also state that around June 2019, she said, “I won’t hire disabled veterans” and that disabled veterans were “not qualified to clean toilets.”  Hurst says Terry did find discrimination within the State Department of Health. In September 2019, Terry reported his findings to his supervisor, the Director of Office Accountability Systems. But–

Oklahoma State Department of Health Court documents go into details of some of the alleged discrimination, saying the Human Resources director “made discriminatory comments and engaged in discriminatory conduct toward those with disabilities.”

Commissioners vote to end mask mandate in Oklahoma County buildings “He was told subsequently, as he alleges in the complaint, to modify that report in order to find that discrimination did not happen. He refused to do so,” Hurst said. 

“This is not a ‘he said she said’ case. There are multiple witnesses that have facts that will verify and corroborate Mr. Terry’s version of events,” Hurst said. “Employees should be protected from discrimination.” The case has been moved from county court to federal court. We did contact The State Department of Health for their side of the story but they can’t comment on pending litigation. Then in November 2019, “Mr. Terry was involuntarily terminated,” saying his “job position had been eliminated.”

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