Oklahoma Whistleblower Protections

All Oklahoma citizens are protected by state and federal whistleblower laws. We have provided information about many of the laws in Oklahoma below. For more information about federal laws, click here.

Government Employees

Other Whistleblower Laws

Statutes specifically protecting government whistleblowers

The Whistleblower Act, Okla. Stat. tit. 74, § 840-2.5.

Parties Protected By Statute

Okla. Stat. tit. 74, § 840-2.5(B)


For purposes of this section, “agency” means any office, department, commission or institution of the state government. No officer or employee of any state agency shall prohibit or take disciplinary action against employees of such agency, whether subject to the provisions of the Merit System or in unclassified service

Protected Actions Under Statute

Okla. Stat. tit. 74, § 840-2.5(B)(1)-(4)


  1. Disclosing public information to correct what the employee reasonably believes evidences a violation of the Oklahoma Constitution or law or a rule promulgated pursuant to law;


  1. Reporting a violation of the Oklahoma Constitution, state or federal law, rule or policy; mismanagement; a gross waste of public funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety;


  1. Discussing the operations and functions of the agency, either specifically or generally, with the Governor, members of the Legislature, the print or electronic media or other persons in a position to investigate or initiate corrective action; or


  1. Taking any of the above actions without giving prior notice to the employee’s supervisor or anyone else in the employee’s chain of command.


Okla. Stat. tit. 74, § 840-2.5(C)


. . . . filing an appeal or testifying on behalf of any person filing an appeal with the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission.”

Specific Remedies Authorized By Statute

Okla. Stat. tit. 74, § 840-2.5(H)


If, after the hearing, it is determined that a violation has occurred, the Commission or administrative law judge shall order corrective action pursuant to Section 840-6.6 of this title. Such corrective action shall include, but not be limited to, suspension without pay, demotion or discharge. Any employee found to have violated this section of law, in addition to being suspended or demoted, shall be placed on probation for six (6) months. Such probation shall commence on the date of the final decision filed by the Commission. Any employee who is determined to have violated the Oklahoma Personnel Act, Section 840-1.1 et seq. of this title, while serving said probation shall forfeit the position of the person for one (1) year. Any employee, supervisor or appointing authority of any state agency, whether subject to the provisions of the Merit System of Personnel Administration or in unclassified service, who knowingly and willfully violates the provisions of this section shall forfeit the position of the person and be ineligible for appointment to or employment in a position in state service for a period of at least one (1) year and no more than five (5) years. The decision of the Commission in such cases may be appealed by any party pursuant to Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act.

Statutes protecting whistleblowers who report fraud against government

Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act


Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 5053 et seq.

Parties Protected By Statute

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 5053.5 (E) Any employee who is discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by his or her employer.

Protected Actions Under Statute

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 5053.5 (E) [L]awful acts done by the employee on behalf of the employee or others in furtherance of an action under this act. Including investigation for, initiation of, testimony for, or assistance in an action filed or to be filed. . . .

Specific Remedies Authorized By Statute

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 5053.5 (E) [A]ll relief necessary to make the employee whole. Such relief shall include reinstatement with the same seniority status such employee would have had but for the discrimination, two times the amount of back pay, interest on the back pay, and compensation for any special damages sustained as a result of the discrimination, including litigation costs and reasonable attorney fees.