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 […]
Under what is known as the “single employer doctrine,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that three corporations essentially functioned as one and were all subject to the same union contract — even though only one of the corporations actually entered into the agreement. Consequently, employers should be cautious of the implications […]
Many employers run some sort of background or credit check on potential employees. Because Oklahoma law is not very restrictive in this area, some employers have been asking potentially problematic questions and running these checks without spending a lot of time developing a system for use of the information. However, statistics show that without proper […]
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 […]
The answer can be quite complicated . . . unless you live in Oklahoma. In Gandall v. FlightSafety Int’l Inc., a federal court judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma recently reaffirmed that attendance could be considered an essential job function under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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 […]
Did you hear about the dentist who fired his dental assistant because she was too attractive? That was the situation in Nelson v. James H. Knight DDS, P.C. … at least sort of. News outlets have run wild with the story of the woman who was fired because she was too “hot” — but the Nelson […]