The Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, has requested that the state’s Supreme Court delay making a determination in the Vasquez constitutionality suit. The reason for the request, according to initial reports, is to give the Legislature a chance to review the opt-out statute challenged in the case, and possibly remedy the issues. Bob Burke, the attorney in the landmark Vasquez case and a variety of other cases questioning the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s recent workers’ comp reforms, won the first round back in February. The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission found that opt-out violated principles of equal protection, as Vasquez’s treatment under the opt-out plan of her employer, Dillard’s, was not equivalent to an employee’s rights under the ordinary system.
Read more about the case from WorkCompCentral (paid content) here.