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Oklahoma Wrongful Termination

Because Oklahoma is what's known as an at-will employment state, an employer can usually terminate a worker at any time and for any reason. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule and when a company dismisses a worker when it shouldn't have, it's known as a wrongful termination or a wrongful dismissal. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you think you've been wrongfully terminated.

Wrongful Termination FAQ

I was laid off even though I've always had good performance reviews. Is that legal or was I wrongfully terminated?

The majority of job terminations are legal. Unless you had an employment contract or are a member of a union who is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, an employer can terminate for almost any reason—good or bad—or no reason at all.

If you had a written or implied employment contract and were terminated in violation of that contract, an employment attorney can help you file a breach of contract lawsuit against your former employer in Oklahoma civil court. If you are a union member, talk to your union representative about filing a grievance with the union.

Can an employer terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons?

Under Oklahoma and federal discrimination laws it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of age (if the worker is at least 40), gender, race and skin color, national origin, religion, disability or pregnancy.

If you think you were terminated because of personal characteristics, a wrongful termination lawyer or discrimination attorney can help you file a complaint of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Oklahoma Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.

I filed a workers' compensation claim and was fired from my job a few weeks later. Is it possible that I was fired in retaliation for my claim?

Yes, it is possible, and it's illegal for employers to terminate employees who take actions that are permitted by law. (This is known as the public policy exception to at-will employment laws.) For example, you can't be terminated for filing a workers' comp claim, reporting for jury duty or filing a discrimination complaint.

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