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Blog Posts in 2014

  • How do I enforce a minimum wage claim in Oklahoma?

    Both Oklahoma and federal law requires that employers pay employees at least the minimum wage. Employers are generally defined as being those businesses or people who employ more than 10 workers in one place or who do more than $100,000 in annual business. There are some exceptions that apply to specific individuals, such as farmers and ranchers, part-time workers, people who are under a certain ...
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  • Oklahoma City doctor accused of sexual harassment

    A doctor who runs an Oklahoma City abortion clinic, as well as owns several area motels, has been accused of sexual harassment. These are not the first accusations leveled against the doctor, who has been in court before facing both civil suits and criminal charges. However, it does not appear that he has been convicted of a crime. The latest allegations come from a former employee, who claims ...
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  • For what reasons must an Oklahoma employer allow time off?

    Oklahoma is what is commonly called an at will state when it comes to employment law. This means that, as a general matter, employers can terminate, or fire, an employee at any time for any or no reason. There are however, some limitations of this power that management has, which are found in both state and federal law. For example, an employee who has a contract cannot be fired except for those ...
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  • Oklahomans who are "illegal" still must be compensated fairly

    Immigration in general, and "illegal" immigration in particular, seem to be hot subjects across the United States. The arguments for and against comprehensive immigration reform fill the airwaves from coast to coast. Regardless of your opinion on these issues, whether you are an employer or an employee, there is one thing Oklahoma residents should understand: wage and hour laws apply to everyone. ...
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  • How do I file a discrimination claim with EEOC in Oklahoma?

    Under federal law, in most cases, before one can file a lawsuit against an employer for discrimination, one must have first filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC.) The question then arises, how does one go about filing such a charge? The website for the Oklahoma City office of the EEOC indicates that while it is not necessary to have an appointment ...
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  • When is an Oklahoma employer responsible for sexual harassment?

    Oklahoma residents may be generally aware that there exist laws and regulations that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. What may be less familiar to them, is what constitutes sexual harassment, and when one's employer is legally responsible for such activities. It is important that employees know their rights and when their employer is accountable. Sexual harassment in Oklahoma is ...
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  • How can I file a workplace discrimination claim in Oklahoma?

    Discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or disability is illegal under both Oklahoma and federal law. However, the way to receive redress for such discrimination may vary, depending on the type of discrimination that occurred. One can file a claim for discrimination either with the state agency, called the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission (OHRC), or ...
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  • How is a hostile work environment defined in Oklahoma?

    We have previously discussed a couple different types of sexual harassment or discrimination that can occur in the context of one's employment. The first is that of quid pro quo harassment. This type of illegal activity occurs when there is a specific this for that trade demanded from an employee, such as sexual favors for promotion or in order to avoid the loss of a job. While this type of ...
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  • Workers claim Chipotle broke wage & hour laws

    A nation-wide restaurant chain is in the news recently because some of its employees are claiming that the business required them to perform work while "off-the-clock." Chipotle Mexican Grill, which shares an ownership group with the ubiquitous McDonald's fast food chain, is being accused of making workers work without pay, including Oklahoma workers. Chipotle, which has locations throughout ...
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  • Wrongful termination claims in Oklahoma may be complicated

    Various laws, both at the state and federal level, protect Oklahoma employees from multiple forms of discrimination and wrongful termination. Given the dizzying array of statutory and regulatory issues, added to the veritable alphabet soup of acronyms, and it may be difficult to know where to even begin. Your first step should be to identify exactly how you may have been wronged by your employer. ...
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  • What employment rights do members of the military have?

    Residents in Oklahoma might have heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which serves to protect employees who have to leave work for a certain length of time due to illness, pregnancy or other specific reasons. This form of employee protection helps several employees in the state, and some might question if there are other programs that could benefit employees as well. A less-well ...
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  • OK pregnancy discrimination is the same as gender discrimination

    Many Oklahoma residents are likely aware that employers are forbidden by law to discriminate on the basis of gender in both the hiring process and after an employee is working for that employer. What might not be as widely known, however, is that part and parcel of the prohibition against gender discrimination is that employers also cannot discriminate based upon the condition of pregnancy. The ...
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  • Alleged religious discrimination case heads to U.S. Supreme Court

    As the population and its beliefs grow more diverse in Oklahoma, and a larger pool of people from different racial and religious groups seeking employment increases, it's possible that there will be employment discrimination. The law has attempted to put rules for anti-discrimination in place to prevent this from happening and punish the offenders if it does. However, there are instances when it ...
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  • Overtime and minimum wage violations are "wage theft"

    According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, almost $1 billion was recovered in 2012 by legal or regulatory action from employers who paid their employees less than minimum wage. And, if a 2009 study that concentrated on three cities were to be extrapolated nationally, the amount that low-wage workers lose to wage theft may be in the vicinity of $50 billion per year. "Wage theft" is a ...
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  • What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

    The issue of sexual harassment continues to be a serious one, both in Oklahoma and around the country. While sometimes seen as harmless teasing by certain people, sexual harassment is a real problem, and there can be serious consequences for employers that do not take allegations of it seriously. If you hate or fear going to your job because of comments or other words or actions on the part of ...
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