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With yet another court ruling sexual orientation discrimination unlawful, Supreme Court expected to weigh in

Courts have disagreed on whether an employer discriminating against an employee based upon their sexual orientation violates federal anti-discrimination laws. Yesterday’s ruling by a New York federal appeals court means this issue is bound to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Firing of gay worker leads to Title VII lawsuit Donald Zarda worked for…

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Valuable free OSHA resource available for Oklahoma employers

Understanding and complying with OSHA’s many requirements can be daunting. At a recent Tulsa Area Employer Council meeting, Jason Hudson with the Oklahoma Department of Labor explained an excellent tool available for Oklahoma employers trying to address workplace safety and OSHA issues. Hudson is director of the department’s Safety Pays® OSHA Consultation Division, which is…

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Work schedule conflict leads to religious accommodation lawsuit

A recent decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (the jurisdiction that covers Oklahoma federal courts) provides another reminder that religious accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, and that proving “undue hardship” is often a high hurdle for employers. While a number of religious discrimination lawsuits in recent years have focused on…

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Digital discrimination: Targeted ads don’t reach all potential applicants

Since the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was first enacted in 1967, “help wanted” ads have evolved significantly – from classified ads in the local newspaper to listings on company websites and online job sites like ZipRecruiter.com and Indeed.com. With the more recent advent of advertising on social media platforms, the recruiting landscape has…

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NLRB reverses course on joint employers and employee handbooks

Whether it’s investigations, interpretations or lawsuits, actions taken by the National Labor Relations Board significantly impact employers and how they run their businesses. Decisions made by the Labor Board can apply to both unionized and non-unionized employers. Because other employment regulatory agencies like the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have, on…

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Avoiding legal hangovers

‘Tis the season … for office holiday parties. They are great for employee morale. They can also give rise to legal hangovers that can extend far beyond the holiday season. The primary legal perils of office parties are claims of sexual harassment or alcohol-related injuries by third parties. If an employee gets intoxicated and sexually…

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