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Appeal Filed in Oklahoma Employee Birth Dates Case (Oct 24, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Both sides are appealing a ruling in a lawsuit filed concerning the release of the birth dates of Oklahoma state employees.

The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World and the Oklahoma Public Employees Association both filed their appeals with the Oklahoma Supreme Court last week.

Last month, Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled that state agencies have to decide if releasing the birth dates of employees is an unwarranted invasion of privacy. Kevin Donelson, an attorney for the OPEA, says that ruling denies state employees equal protection under the law.

The newspapers have filed open-records requests seeking the information, which is used to confirm or rule out identities of people involved in newsworthy events. An attorney for the World says the newspapers are appealing because they believe the birth dates are public records.

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