Employment Law FAQs

If you feel that you are being treated unfairly at work, you likely have some questions about your employment law rights. Labor laws are complex, and some workers fear that rocking the boat may create deeper issues. In other situations, individuals may feel powerless to take on their employers and decide to keep their head down in hope that things will get better.

At Ward & Glass, L.L.P., in Norman, our lawyers work hard to resolve employment law disputes and get our clients the compensation and justice they deserve. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly at work, you likely have some questions about your employment law rights. For that reason, we have created a short list of common questions that people have concerning employment law, workplace discrimination and harassment.

What does "at-will" employment mean?

Oklahoma is known as an at-will state when it comes to employment law. That essentially means that employers have a great deal of power to fire workers. But, there are strong exceptions to the at-will concept. Wrongful termination claims may involve a range of issues, including firing a person based on discriminatory purposes, in violation of an employment agreement, or for exercising a constitutional or statutory right.

Will I get fired for making a complaint about workplace conditions?

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise complaints about workplace safety, discrimination, harassment and other issues. If you are fired for an unlawful reason, we are here to fight to protect your rights. We can file a claim for wrongful termination based upon unlawful retaliation. Call 405-253-4031 for more information related to your unique situation.

Should I be getting paid for overtime?

The law requires that "nonexempt" employees be paid overtime for any work in excess of 40 hours per week. Unfortunately, some employers skirt the law through a variety of tactics, such as classifying a worker as exempt, when the workers' job duties do not qualify. Exempt employees are generally executives or commissioned salespeople. In other situations, employers will classify a worker as an independent contractor to avoid paying overtime, even though the worker is legally an employee of the business.

Do I have a case?

If you are suffering unlawful harassment, discrimination, or if you are not being paid the wages and overtime pay you have earned or have been denied leave under the FMLA, we can guide you through the steps to get the help you seek and the justice you deserve. One of the biggest mistakes a person may make is to incorrectly misdiagnose their employment law problem. Each set of circumstances is unique. Small nuances in the facts need to be analyzed and investigated by a skilled employment law attorney. We can review your situation and explain how the law applies.

To arrange a no-pressure consultation to learn more about your rights and what our attorneys may be able to do for you, call 405-253-4031 or use our online contact form to arrange a consultation. We serve clients in Oklahoma City and throughout the state.