Oklahoma Employment Discrimination Questions & Answers

Q: i work as a nurse in oklahoma, and a nurse stated out loud " i want some of that you are taking" this was just a joke

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Oklahoma on
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Doak Willis' answer
If your employer does drug testing and makes it mandatory for all employees I don't see any problem of discrimination. If you were singled out there might be a case but other factors would still come into play. Since its supposed to be by blind pick, I would say that is fair. Have a talk with the employee who made that statement and ask nicely that he/she not joke about drugs in the workplace.

Q: If someone has a protective order against you, can you get a job at the same place they work?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Employment Discrimination for Oklahoma on
Answered on Jan 3, 2018
Gary Johnston Dean's answer
Yes, you may apply for the job, just conduct yourself in a professional manner around her.

Q: Can a person with a felony conviction be hired by the state of Oklahoma?

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Employment Discrimination for Oklahoma on
Answered on Nov 30, 2017
Gary Johnston Dean's answer
Yes for many jobs, but no for some others. Can't really answer unless we know what the job is. Ask again, with more details.

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Q: Can an employer force you to shave facial hair that is clean and well maintained?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Apr 20, 2017
Howard Berkson's answer
Generally, yes, an employer can require employees to be clean-shaven. For safety reasons, there are few alternatives. If it is merely part of the company "look" that employees be clean-shaven, and if your facial hair is part of a religious obligation, then you may try asking the employer for a religious accommodation.

Q: Can my boss make me go to a doctor because I left work early due to illness.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Feb 8, 2017
Brian Lehman's answer
Yes, most employment is "at will" with exceptions, and this is not one of them The employer may fire an employee for any reason, even if that reason is irrational, or for no reason at all. Common exceptions are the employer can't fire someone because of race or gender, etc. So, yes, the employer can say get a doctor's note or you are fired.

Q: Is there anything tp help me with a breathing problem caused by fragrances at work?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Oklahoma on
Answered on Oct 23, 2013
Howard Berkson's answer
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can apply to a person who has allergic or asthmatic responses to fragrances. Whether the ADA applies to your particular situation depends on all the surrounding facts and circumstances. If ADA applies, your employer may have to do more to protect you from exposure to fragrances.

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