I see. Thank you for clarifying that, Wendy. My sincere apologies for the mix-up as the question did come through the wrong category.
In Oklahoma, employers are not required to provide employees with vacation benefits (or PTO or sick time), either paid or unpaid. If an employer chooses to provide such benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract
. Okla. Stat. § 165.1(4).
Here is a link which summarizes the law in OK on this issue:
Therefore, if the employer's policy indicated that employees would be paid for their sick or PTO time using their regular rate of pay and did not provide for forfeiture or payment at a lower rate, the employer would typically be violating the law if they forfeit the accrued days or pay at a lower rate.
If that is the case, then it would be best for the affected employees to retain a local employment law attorney to pursue their rights against the employer.
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