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Retaliation 101

A recent opinion from the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals involving Tulsa’s American Airlines facility serves as a reminder of the kind of evidence required to establish retaliation. Worker sues after failing competency test and losing position In Pittman v. American Airlines, Inc., employee Anna Pittman filed suit after being rejected for a hazardous…

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EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits an employer’s ability to make disability-related inquiries or subject individuals to medical exams. No such inquiries or exams may be made until an offer of employment is made. Once a conditional offer of employment is made, an employer may make such inquiries or require such exams, provided it…

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IRS announces special relief to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Last week the IRS announced that 401(k) plans and certain similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Under the relief, a qualified employer retirement plan will not be treated as failing to satisfy any requirement under the Internal Revenue Code merely because the plan makes a…

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Vague, open-ended medical leave denied

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to consider a leave of absence for an employee due to a medical condition as a form of accommodation. However, that requirement is not without limitations. A recent appeals court decision that applies to Oklahoma employers demonstrates that an employer may not be required to provide leave to…

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Employers’ right to keep employee tips

A recent decision by the federal appeals court that covers Oklahoma ruled that employers are not required to share customer tips with employees who are already receiving wages at or above the minimum wage amount. Employees were already being paid more than minimum wage Employee Bridgette Marlow brought suit against her employer, The New Food…

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Medical exam results and tasks actually performed

When addressing the issues of a person’s ability to perform a job or the potential need for accommodation, don’t forget to take into account work the individual has previously performed. Sometimes that can be every bit as important as the results of a medical examination. Temporary work at Bama Arnold Iselin worked for Prime Industrial…

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