Employment

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Oklahoma Bar Association, since 1904

Employment

How do you find a job?

How to find a job
Here are some helpful ways to find a job:

  • Look in the classified ads of your local newspaper or job listings on various Internet sites for available jobs.
  • Ask a place you would like to work to see if there are jobs available.
  • Contact the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission at 405-557-7100, https://www.oesc.ok.gov
  • Use a private employment agency to help you find a job. You may have to pay for this service. Most employees have a written contract.


When can an employee be fired?

Firing an EmployeeOklahoma is an "employment-at-will" state. This means that an employer can generally fire or lay off an employee at any time for any reason-so long as that reason is not illegal or against the public policy of the state. For example, firing a person because of the employee's race or gender is illegal. There are certain circumstances where the law or an employment contract provides that the employee can be fired only for "good cause."

Can an employer discriminate against an employee?

It is illegal for employment agencies and employers to discriminate against you because of your race, sex, disability, age, religion, ancestry or national origin. If you feel you have been discriminated against in hiring, pay, promotions, transfers or any other working conditions, OK Department of Labor at 405-522-8600 or the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission at 405-557-7138 or visit https:// www.ok.gov Retaliation from your employer for reporting discriminatory behavior is also illegal.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any manner, you must contact one of the above agencies as soon as possible. Usually you have only a very short time within which to file a complaint. Employees of some Indian tribes or tribal affiliates may be subject to a tribal claim of "sovereign immunity" from suit by an employee or former employee.

What are unemployment benefits?

The state pays unemployment benefits for a limited period of time to help workers when they cannot work (either because they have been fired or, in limited circumstances, if they have quit) through no fault of their own. Employers pay for these benefits by paying into a state fund.



What is workers' compensation?

Workers CompensationThe Workers' Compensation Commission decides claims involving an employee who has been injured on the job and wants his or her medical expenses to be paid by the employer. Workers' compensation pays a worker only for on-the-job or work-related injuries or illness. Workers' compensation is not health insurance. Not all employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance on their employees. You should make yourself aware of the employer's responsibilities prior to accepting a job.

Must the injured worker prove that the employer was at fault in order to collect workers' compensation benefits?

No. You can get workers' compensation benefits if you can show that you have been injured in a work-related accident. An employee does not have to prove it was the employer's fault.

Can an employer fire an injured worker for filing a workers' compensation claim?

No. It is against the law for an employee to be terminated in retaliation for pursuing a workers' compensation claim.