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Oklahoma High Court Finesses Constitutional Issue as to Retaliatory Discharge Statute

In Young v. Station 27, Inc., 2017 OK 68, 2017 Okla. LEXIS 69 (Sept. 12, 2017), the Supreme Court of Oklahoma finessed the constitutionality of the state’s current retaliatory discharge statute, 85A O.S. § 7, holding that the trial court … Continue reading

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Ohio High Court Says Injury is Not Required to Support Retaliatory Discharge Claim

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that compensability of the alleged underlying injury is not a required element in a retaliatory discharge action under Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 4123.90. Accordingly, a former employee presented a … Continue reading

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Cautionary Tale: Retaliatory Discharge Statute May Not Protect Employee if Original Comp Claim Was Filed in Another State

A recent federal district court decision from Oregon, Kwiecinski v. Medi-Tech International Corp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72453 (D. Or., June 3, 2016), provides an important practice point not only for attorneys in the Beaver State, but for practitioners across … Continue reading

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Facebook® Plays Role in Indiana $400,000 Verdict for Retaliatory Discharge

An Indiana jury was within its province as factfinder in returning a verdict for more than $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against a former employer in a retaliatory discharge action filed by a terminated employee, held a state appellate … Continue reading

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Illinois Retaliatory Discharge Claim May Not Be Removed to Federal Court

A retaliatory discharge action filed under 820 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. § 305/4(h)—part of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act—may not be removed from an Illinois trial court to a federal district court on the basis of diversity of citizenship, held … Continue reading

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Wyoming High Court Adopts “Substantial and Motivating Factor” Test to Judge Retaliatory Discharge Claim

Adopting the “substantial and motivating factor” test to determine if an employer’s decision to terminate a worker’s employment was retaliatory, the Supreme Court of Wyoming reversed a trial court order that granted a corporate defendant summary judgment in a retaliatory … Continue reading

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Federal Court Must Sever and Remand Oklahoma Retaliatory Discharge Claim

On Tuesday, a federal district court in Oklahoma, noting that claims arising under the workers’ compensation laws of any state are not removable under 28 U.S.C.A. § 1445(c), held that when a case was removed from state court based on … Continue reading

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Ohio Court Clarifies Elements of Retaliatory Discharge Action Against Former Employer

In Onderko v. Sierra Lobo, Inc., 2014 Ohio App. LEXIS 4015 (Sept. 19, 2014), an Ohio appellate court recently held that in order to state a claim for retaliatory discharge, the former employee need not prove, as the first of … Continue reading

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Ohio: Trouble-Maker Fails to Prove Discharge Was Because of Workers’ Compensation Claims

Acknowledging that two employees who had been embroiled in a shouting match during the work day had been treated different by the employer–the employee who apparently started the argument received a verbal warning which, under union rules, was not considered … Continue reading

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Employers Face Possible Liability in “Pretaliatory” Discharge Cases

The great majority of jurisdictions that have dealt with the issue, either by decision or statute, recognize the tort of retaliatory discharge for filing a workers compensation claim [see Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 104.07]. Two decisions released last Thursday, … Continue reading

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