HR Strange But True

WC Twist—It’s the Judge Who’s in Trouble

By: Elaine Quayle

We at HRSBT often report on workers’ compensation scandals but have never yet reported that the scandal was about the judge. Well, man does bite dog!

Media outlets report a WC judge in Oklahoma knew he was not being reappointed.  Contemplating being out of work, he met with an attorney for lunch to negotiate a possible job at his firm.

What’s wrong with that? The judge had just heard a case involving the attorney an hour or so before. The next day he found against the injured worker seeking WC for a work-related knee injury and for the client of his lunchtime companion.

“I’m pretty ticked about this,” the injured worker told The Oklahoman’s