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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my husband's company require him to get the COVID vaccine? It's a private company with over 25 employees.

We are declining the vaccine based on our religious beliefs. Is this a violation of The Title VII inequality act of 1964? He was told he can work from home, but NEVER return to the office if he does not get the vaccine. Is this legal?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Apr 15, 2021

An employer can require its employees to get a vaccination with the exception of the employee having a medical condition or in some instances, a religious belief. I don't see an issue with the employer requiring him to work from home. More information may be needed however. I would reach out... Read more »

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Q: My name is Ken have a question about a unemployment hearing for job seperation that I don't agree with

My question its alot longer because feel you have to know the whole story not just a peice so I'm shorting it best I can imagine in adjudication for unemployment because I thought I was on FLMA but my job says I was terminated for job abadonment don't know how FLMA works but isn't... Read more »

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on Mar 22, 2021

You should definitely unpack these details with an employment law attorney ASAP. Most offer free initial consultations.

I'm sorry for your loss.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Tribal: is there a is there a deadline to file a wrongful termination suit. Currupt exec branch not following policies
Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on Mar 22, 2021

Yes, but this is too fact intensive to know what that deadline would be. You should contact an attorney ASAP to make sure you don't miss any deadline.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Car Accidents for Oklahoma on
Q: I had a wreck while I was delivering for Domino's, it was not my fault, the other vehicle was stolen with no insurance,

The driver fled on foot and was never caught, my insurance wont help because I was on the job and Domino's aka team next level of tulsa will not help or answer my questions my employers will not respond to calls or messages anymore, the most they will do is get me in touch with work comp for... Read more »

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on Mar 22, 2021

You should contact a "bad faith" insurance attorney. They frequently review initial information for no charge - have any rejection/denial letters ready to show them.

It sounds like your insurance company denied the claim because of an exclusion in your policy. An attorney can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What can I do if my husband is having an affair with a male supervisor that is a county employee for the State of OK?

My husband started an affair with his then supervisor (that’s a male), my husband is also an alcoholic and his supervisor would give him alcohol on company grounds, his supervisor would tell him intimate details about other employees that is a breech of their privacy but, his supervisor used his... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Feb 22, 2021

You can divorce your husband. Your husband would have to be the one who sues the county.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My child requires 24 hour monitoring due to congenital disorder. He cannot go to a sitter or daycare due to him being

Immune compromised. Now my husband's work wants him to work at night. Can he legally have them change his schedule to accomadate his sons medical condition?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Oct 20, 2020

Your husband can request a schedule change, but his employer is not required to grant the request. While employers are required to offer reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA only applies to the individual's own medical conditions, not the medical... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I wax laid off due to covid 19. The company refuses to hire me back or return my calls. What can I do? terry

I was one of the last to be let go when I was laid off and offered severence pay. Now that they called people back to work with my application on file the company and the plant refuse to hire me back. When I was working for them I was always on time and went to work everyday always do what was... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Sep 3, 2020

Hi, more information is needed to fully analyze your claim. Do you have any idea why they are not bringing you back? They would be within their rights to not hire you back as long as that decision was not based on your age, race, religion, or other protected classes. Did someone explain to you why... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If something is removed from my credit report that is being garnished does that mean the garnishment will stop
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 20, 2020

Possibly, but not necessarily. You will need to did a little deeper and see if the harm has been satisfied or released.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: In the state of Oklahoma, can an employer require the employee to make up missed time on their next day to work ?

My job now states if I miss any time I have to make it up the next day that I work, (example if I am late two hours or have to leave two hours early I have to make it up the next day so if I am scheduled 8 hours the next day they would require me to work a 10 hour shift) Is this legal ?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Aug 12, 2020

As long as you are paid for all the hours you work, then this type of schedule is permissible. If you are paid by the hour, your employer must pay overtime, at the rate of one-and-one-half times your regular hourly rate, for all hours worked over 40 in a seven-day workweek. So, if this schedule... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If you were to break your hand outside of work, and dr said one hand work and employer ask you to do work you feel ..

If you were to break your hand outside of work, and dr said one hand work only and employer ask you to do work you feel might harm your other hand or work that would require both hands could you get fired for saying no to work (not all work just harmful work) you feel would cause more harm or not... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 31, 2020

You might want to check to see if OK offers State Disability and make a disability claim. You may also be entitled to protection as a disabled person under the ADA which would prevent the employer from firing you, which you say they did. Definitely contact an employment law attorney in your area... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal to change incentive amounts given after employees reach the goal and were told a higher incentive prior.

work at a bank and we have quarterly incentives for meeting certain goals. The incentive amounts are established every January for the amount that is received if we meet our goal for each quarter. This past quarter since Covid our lobbies have not been open. Therefore, they changed the requirements... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jul 22, 2020

Do you have some sort of employment contract or agreement that obligates them to pay the bonus at the prior incentive amount? If not, employers are generally not required to pay an incentive bonus at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can an employer keep you from getting your personal belongings from the office if you quit?

The company is just a small LLC with only a few employee. I was working for a friend who started a business... I worked basically full time for a year and was not compensated for my work and he kept asking me to work more, so I decided to step down... well, it was a fitness business and we built a... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jul 8, 2020

You should contact an employment lawyer in your area to assist you with: 1) getting compensation owed to you for hours you worked over the previous year, and 2) getting possession of your personal belongings. If you performed work and were not paid for that work, you have a claim under the Fair... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If you are fired for asking help from another employee. And have been targeted by your boss. Do you have a case?
Raul Jauregui
Raul Jauregui answered on Jun 11, 2020

It's difficult to answer this question on those facts and this answer is not an opinion just a reaction. From what I know of Pennsylvania law, there might be cases when asking for help is not a basis to sue. But you'd need to define "help for what" for his part. Same for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my employer fire me for having to miss 4 weeks per Dr's orders? I had 2 strokes (I'm age 27). 8 months employed

Hello there, I am very curious about this. I have been with this company for over 8 months and I recently had 2 strokes. Spent 5 days in the ER and doctors administered every test under the sun to find the cause: 2 Brain MRIs, Chest X Ray, Spinal Tap, Testicular Sonogram, Throat Sonogram, Heart... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jun 9, 2020

You may have a claim for disability discrimination and/or failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers who employ 15 or more people are subject to the ADA. The ADA generally requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to their employees (in your case, an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a business get around paying you for "on-call time worked", by paying a minimal amount while waiting to engage?

I get payed $2 an hour after hours to stay by the phone and be accessible remotely 24/7 every other week. I am hourly payed in order to do this. Some calls last a couple minuets while others last hours, sometimes more then half the night. At which case I'm supposed to get up and be at the... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jun 2, 2020

Your employer is required to pay you at least minimum wage for all hours spent performing compensable work. The question of whether an employee is performing compensable work during on-call time depends on the degree to which the employee may use the time for their own personal activities. The key... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I properly resign if I'm too old to do the work re: Covid-19 safety. I'm a respiratory therapist in Oklahoma.

I was ordered to only work Covid-19 areas, and not allowed to go to "clean" areas. I have hypertension, which is has a 69% mortality rate for persons who contract the disease, Covid-19. I explained the mechanism of action to my superior: the virus SARSCoV-2 targets ACE2 enzymes that... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on May 20, 2020

You may have a claim for failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act due to your hypertension. But, this will depend on what your typical job duties are. Do other people who perform your job work with both COVID-19 patients and in "clean" areas? If so, you should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I take legal action for being fired for no reason upon state reopening?

Upon state closure the restaurant I serve at informed the staff that we would have our jobs when we came back. Upon state reopening I texted that I was available for work and informed I was being let go. I haven't even worked in over another and was given no reason. I live in Oklahoma

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on May 12, 2020

Oklahoma is generally an "at will" state meaning that absent an agreement in writing, labor agreement, etc., an employer can terminate an employee for no reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: is there a is there a deadline to file a wrongful termination suit
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Apr 15, 2020

Yes, there are statutes of limitations in place for state and federal laws that govern when you must file a lawsuit. The deadline will depend on the laws under which you are asserting that you've been wrongfully terminated. You should seek counsel from an employment attorney in your area as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Oklahoma on
Q: I was layed off work at no fault of my own on 3/12/2020.

My company provided vehicle was never returned/picked up by said company. I was also never paid a promised bonus of $4500. I have not been utilizing said vehicle in any way. It is parked at my house sitting since termination. I told my former manager I would gladly return the vehicle once I was... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Apr 8, 2020

You should return the vehicle immediately, then contact an employment attorney in your area to discuss a claim for recovery of the unpaid bonus.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: I resigned from my job, the same day my employer called my landlord???

The same day I gave notice that I was resigning from my position my ex-boss called my landlord to complain. He sent me a text shortly after threatening to evict if I fall behind on rent since I had, "left the job for no reason." I left to accept a job with higher pay. I didn't reply... Read more »

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Jan 15, 2020

Very annoying but you probably don't have a viable claim.

Restatement (Second) of Torts, § 766:

One who intentionally and improperly interferes with the performance of a contract . . . between another and a third person by inducing or otherwise causing the third person not...
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