About Charlie Plumb
Charlie Plumb is a labor and employment attorney with the McAfee & Taft law firm. He represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.
As part of his labor practice, Charlie represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts. He also represents employers who seek to maintain a non-unionized workforce by counseling management on union avoidance strategies and by providing training and advice to management and supervisors. His clients include numerous municipalities throughout Oklahoma and companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, energy, public utility, technology and business services industries.
Charlie is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Labor Council. He is also the designated representative of McAfee & Taft as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers.
Charlie is a frequent speaker and author on workplace issues. He is also co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws that affect state employers.
Charlie’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (labor and employment law), Oklahoma Super Lawyers (employment and labor, civil litigation defense), Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been lauded as “an impressive public speaker who utilizes his vast experience to effectively defend clients.” Researchers at Chambers & Partners also quoted market observers as admiring him for his “practicality of advice and specialized knowledge of complex legal issues,” with sources commenting that he “immediately commands respect, is always up to date and knows how to handle a problem.”
Lawsuits over unpaid overtime tend to occur in cycles, and a round of litigation over unpaid overtime can trigger “copycat” claims against employers around the country. Overtime lawsuits can be lucrative, particularly when they are class actions involving a large number of employees. That’s why last week’s class action lawsuit brought against Apple, Inc. got […]
Effective November 1, 2013, two Oklahoma statutes governing how an employer addresses tobacco use in its workplace or by its employees will be revised. Under the new 21 Okla. Stat. § 1247, lighted tobacco products in any form are prohibited in indoor workplaces. With a few exceptions, this prohibition includes work areas, employee lounges, restrooms, […]
Harassment between co-workers poses some unique issues. Employers are not automatically liable for harassment committed by all employees. If the employer is aware of harassment occurring and does not take steps to address and stop it, then the employer has some exposure. If the employer is not aware of the harassment, the employer may be […]
After the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding same-sex marriages in United States v. Windsor this summer, a number of governmental agencies charged with administering employment laws have issued explanations about how they intend to apply the high court’s ruling. Following that trend, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced its application of […]
Last week I received a text from someone who was sitting across the table from me. I was looking at them. Same-room texting — for me, this was a technological first. No question that technological advances are impacting the workplace. And sometimes these advances complicate managing employee issues. Let’s look at how texting and managing […]
It is not unusual for employees returning to work after a medical absence to be taking prescription medications related to their health conditions. In some cases, the employer will know about the medication; in other cases, prescription medication use comes to light as a result of job performance issues or other events. At that point, […]
Imagine this scenario: One of your employees announces he’s getting married in a few months and moving to another state. He’s a valuable software developer who works alone from his home most of the time anyway, so why not just let him telecommute from his new home 1,000 miles away? Not only will it allow […]
A recent Oklahoma City federal case offers two lessons for employers. First, Ray v. Oklahoma Heritage Home Care, Inc. illustrates one of the risks of hiring a relative. Second, the case shows that Oklahoma employers can fire an employee they reasonably judge to be a threat to co-workers or customers.