Dillard’s has appealed the recent Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission’s ruling that the state’s reform law allowing certain employers to opt out of workers’ comp by providing alternative benefits for injured employees is unconstitutional. The retailer appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday, seeking an order that would vacate the commission’s unanimous decision in February in Jonnie Yvonne Vasquez v. Dillard’s Inc.. The WCC found that Oklahoma’s Employee Injury Benefit Act is a special law that denied equal protection to Vasquez and deprived her of access to the courts. Vasquez aggravated a pre-existing spine injury while working at a Shawnee, Oklahoma, Dillard’s store and unsuccessfully sought benefits.
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