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Discrimination - Harassment

  • Race - Racial - Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • National Origin - Ancestry Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination

Wage & Hour

  • Unpaid Overtime
  • Unpaid Minimum Wages
  • Failure to Pay Wages Upon Termination


  • Retaliation for opposition to discrimination
  • Retaliation for exercising employee rights (including the right to minimum wages, overtime wages, and family leave)
  • Whistleblower claims (retaliation for reporting unlawful conduct)
  • Wrongful termination that violates public policy

Family Leave

  • Denial of family leave rights under state or federal law
  • Retaliation based on the exercise of family leave rights

Discrimination and Retaliation

In Oregon, the overwhelming majority of employees are employed "at-will". This means that they can be fired ("discharged") for almost any reason - or for absolutely no reason at all. However, there are many exceptions to the general rule of at-will employment. These exceptions exist in the form of state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and retaliation. Under federal law, Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin (nationality), gender, or religion (religious discrimination). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age. In addition to prohibiting discrimination as to the terms and conditions of employment (such as hiring, firing, promotion, and pay rate), these laws prohibit discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment). They also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who oppose these types of discrimination. State and federal laws provide for damages (payable to employees) for violation of these requirements

Wage & Hour

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay their employees minimum wages, as well as "time-and-a-half" for all overtime hours worked in excess of forty hours per workweek. Oregon law contains similar standards, and also imposes requirements for break times and meal periods. Oregon law imposes additional requirements for the timely payment of wages upon termination of employment. These state and federal laws provide for substantial penalties (payable to employees) for violation of these requirements

Family Leave

The federal Family Leave Medical Act (FLMA) provides eligible employees up to twelve weeks of family leave per year. The Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) provides similar rights. In addition to providing for family leave, these laws prohibit discrimination or retaliation against employees who exercise their right to family leave. These state and federal laws provide for substantial penalties (payable to employees) for violation of these requirements.

Unemployment Benefits Hearings and Appeals

If your unemployment benefits are being challenged, or you were denied benefits after a hearing, call us today. We accept many unemployment related cases and charge a one time flat fee.

Four Convenient Locations

Salem: 1415 Commercial Street S.E. Salem, Or, 97302 | 503-648-4777
Hillsboro: 165 SE 26th Avenue Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 | 503-648-4777
Portland: 3913 NE Hancock Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97212 | 503-648-4777

Free 15 Minute Telephone Interview

Harris Velázquez Gibbens offers a free 15 minute telephone interview to see if we can meet your legal needs. This includes you providing a brief outline of your legal matter, and we will provide a summary of our fees. It does not include an in depth consultation or giving legal advice regarding your particular case. For that, you must schedule a legal consultation, for which there is a charge. A legal interview DOES NOT create an attorney client relationship. It is for background information only so that we can determine if we can help, and whether you would like to retain our services.

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