Employment Law

Whether you are entering the job market for the first time or were recently terminated, it is important to understand your rights as a worker. Both federal and state governments have enacted a wide range of employment laws protecting employees from discriminatory treatment, unfair labor practices, unsafe work conditions, and more. If you or a loved one have been a victim of unfair treatment or sexual harassment in the workplace, Garrett Law Group has the experienced and professional Oklahoma Employment Lawyers that you need to get justice and fair treatment in the workplace.

Employment law governs the rights and responsibilities between employers and employees. Most of the laws and statutes that fall under employment law are meant to protect the employee from unfair and unsafe working conditions, but they also help to protect employers.

One large section of employment law deals with the “At Will” Presumption. In nearly every state in the US, it is presumed that both employer and employee are working together voluntarily, and can terminate their working relationship at any time, and for almost any reason.

Working environments can be chaotic and complex. The Garrett Law Group wants to make sure you are aware of your rights as an employee or employer. If you feel you have been wrongfully treated at work or on a job, our experienced attorneys know exactly what to do. Here are some common examples of employment law:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Employment discrimination
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Pensions
  • Workplace safety
  • Worker’s compensation

Workplace Harassment

Employers must provide a safe and secure workplace for their employees. Being safe and secure includes preventing sexual harassment at work. Workplace harassment is any unwanted activity in a workplace setting to make an employee feel uncomfortable and can include verbal or physical interactions. Sexual harassment is prohibited under the same laws that prohibit other types of discrimination, such as religious or race-based discrimination. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates a hostile, offensive, or intimidating workplace environment. Sexual harassment can take many forms, and both men and women can be the victim of sexual harassment.

Workplace harassment is any unwanted activity in a workplace setting to make an employee feel uncomfortable and can include verbal or physical interactions.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual attention, such as sexual advances, request for sexual actions, inappropriate comments, and inappropriate touching.

If you ever feel uncomfortable at work, don’t be afraid to speak up or speak with one of our staff members. Workplace harassment and sexual harassment should not be taken lightly, and with the help of the Garrett Law Group, it can be easily handled.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that provides compensation to employees who have suffered an illness or injury as a result of working at their job. This employee can get workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault, but the employee usually does not have the right to sue the employer in court for damages for those injuries.

Workers’ compensation benefits can include medical care, rehabilitation expenses, and disability coverage to compensate for your lost income. Disabilities fall into one of four categories:

  1. Temporary total disability – You can’t work now, but you will be able to work again (most fall into this category)
  2. Temporary partial disability – You can do parts of your job now, but not everything and someday you may be able to do all the duties again.
  3. Permanent total disability – You cannot return to the current job.
  4. Permanent partial disability – Damage is permanent, but it only partially impairs the ability to work.

If you are a family member of someone who was killed on the job, you may be entitled to death benefits.