Posts made in December, 2012

Fired for using FMLA?

Posted By on Dec 28, 2012

Under federal law, an employee cannot be legally fired for asking about or taking FMLA, Family Medical Leave. This includes protection from harassment and discrimination at work due to requesting or checking out FMLA. FMLA allows employees (that have worked with that employer for a year or more) to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid work leave for family or health events such as: illness, injury, pregnancy, adoption affecting an immediate...

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Oklahoma workplace sexual harassment

Posted By on Dec 26, 2012

Sexual harassment, and retaliatory firing, are alive and well in Oklahoma. I’ve handled these cases for over 25 years in my law practice. The example below is not that unusual, except the offending boss isn’t normally the one getting fired in our state: “After a “morale-boosting” retreat with his staff, a magazine editor “exploded in anger” at a 19-year-old intern and demanded that she ride...

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Sue employer for job injury?

Posted By on Dec 9, 2012

Can I sue my employer for an on-the-job injury? If you mean sue in civil district court, the answer is most likely “no”. In Oklahoma, unless an employer acts to intentionally injure an employee on-the-job, all non-exempt work injuries are handled by and litigated in the state Workers’ Compensation Court system, not the civil justice system (County Courthouse). There are important differences between a claim in...

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