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Employment Law

Employment law cases are about more than being a disgruntled employee. If you have a legitimate case, Parsons, Graham & Day will fight to get what you deserve.

Wrongful Termination

The state of Oklahoma is an employment at-will state. Absent a contract, employers are able to terminate at-will employees for any legal reason or for no reason at all. Employers cannot terminate employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or age (40 or older).

Parsons, Graham & Day fights for clients who have been wrongfully terminated for an illegal reason.

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, call us and learn how we can help.

Laws Protecting Workers

Certain employment laws limit the circumstances under which an employee may be lawfully terminated.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. 

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act amended Title VII and also makes it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 also amended Title VII and states that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects employees 40 years of age or older from suffering unfair disadvantages. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was passed to ensure that employees with disabilities or handicaps were provided with equal opportunities to participate in the workforce. This law requires employers to reasonably accommodate known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer's business. 

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 made it illegal to pay different wages to men and women if they perform equal work in the same workplace. The state of Oklahoma enacted 40 O.S. § 198.1, which also makes it illegal to pay men and women different amounts if they perform the equal work in the same workplace.

It is illegal to terminate an employee for reporting unlawful discrimination, and employers cannot retaliate against employees for whistle-blowing activities, which are considered protected activity. Recent cases have shown employees who have been terminated for refusing to commit illegal activity; for reporting a co-worker’s unlawful behavior; for reporting violations of safety laws; or for refusing to lie when demanded by the employer are also wrongful.

Assistance with Unemployment Benefit Appeals

PGD Will Help with Unemployment Benefit Appeals

Contact the Employment Law Team at Parsons, Graham & Day.

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