Akers v. Seaboard Farms – Case Brief Summary (Oklahoma)

In Akers v. Seaboard Farms, 1998 OK CIV APP 169, 972 P.2d 885, the Court held that an employer is not required to continue paying TTD to a claimant who has been fired for misconduct after beginning light duty work.

In Akers, the claimant argued that the trial court erred in terminating his TTD because light duty work was no longer available to him after he was terminated.

The Court explained, however:

"there is nothing in our law which compels an employer to continue offering light duty, or for that matter, any type of work, to employees who violate the employer's policies. Claimant's argument would place him in a better position than uninjured employees who were terminated for similar reasons." Id. at 887.