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Blog Posts in July, 2015

  • How do I file an EEOC charge of sexual harassment?

    About a month ago, this blog discussed the time limits involved in filing a claim for sexual harassment with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This is often the first step to take when an employee believes that he or she has suffered illegal sex discrimination, or has been sexually harassed at work. But, apart from when a claim has to be filed, how does one go about the ...
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  • Oklahoma workers get share of wage settlement from energy giant

    Oklahoma residents may have heard of the energy company Haliburton, which has been in the news for various reasons in the past, not all of which were positive. In another example of negative publicity, the company has reportedly settled a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor for millions of dollars due to running afoul of the country's federal wage and hour laws. Previous posts here have ...
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  • Can an employer require a 'lie detector' test in Oklahoma?

    Oklahoma residents are likely familiar with polygraph technology, if only from television cop and spy shows. This supposed 'lie detector' purports to be able, in the hands of a trained operator, to differentiate between a person answering questions truthfully and the same person being untruthful. It does this by allowing comparison of 'baseline' biomedical readings such as heart rate and blood ...
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  • Federal Department of Labor clarifies definition of 'employee'

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is tasked with enforcing the laws and regulations that govern employer-employee relationships. As such, the department sometimes issues clarifications or guidance with regard to how it will interpret those laws and regulations. A recent publication by the DOL has done just that for the definition of the word "employee," and Oklahoma businesses and workers may ...
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  • When can employer request employee's genetic information?

    Last month, this blog covered the fact that employers are not allowed to discriminate in employment decisions, including hiring, promotion or termination of employees based upon the employee's genetic information. You may recall that this is the result of a federal law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). But, why might an Oklahoma employer have one's genetic information to ...
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  • No one should put up with workplace discrimination in Oklahoma

    Americans seem to be working longer hours these days than they did 30 years ago, and most people agree that U.S. residents work more and take fewer vacations than people living in some of the other industrialized countries. This means that Oklahomans, like the rest of the country, spend a lot of time at their places of employment. Because of this, it is important that employees understand that ...
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  • What is 'reasonable accommodation' under the ADA?

    This blog has previously discussed various aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Part of avoiding discrimination under the ADA is that employers must make "reasonable accommodations" for people with disabilities so that they can apply for and perform certain jobs. According to a government guide on the ...
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