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Author: Tamara E. Russell, Barran Liebman LLP

Summary

  • Employers with one or more employees in Oregon are subject to laws that prohibit discrimination based on an employee or applicant's race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age (18 years of age or older), expunged juvenile record, and military status. See Discrimination Under the Oregon Equality Act; Protected Class Status.
  • Oregon employers are also prohibited from discriminating against an individual who associates with a member of one of a protected class. See Protected Class Status.
  • Remedies for discrimination under Oregon's civil rights laws can include injunctive relief, reinstatement, back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs. See Remedies.
  • The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is responsible for enforcing Oregon's antidiscrimination laws. See Enforcement Through Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Judicial Proceedings.
  • Some Oregon localities and municipalities provide additional protected class categories beyond what Oregon and federal law provide. See Municipal and Local Discrimination Laws.