Oregon employers have legal limitations on their ability to fire employees. Firstly, employers cannot fire workers in violation of state and federal employment laws. Secondly, in addition to the state and federal statutes that prohibit unlawful employment practices, the courts in Oregon have established a wrongful termination tort claim.
Since 1975, Oregon courts have found that employers can be held liable for wrongful termination when an employee is fired for engaging or pursuing actions that are important to society. Employers can also be held liable when they fire an employee for asserting job-related rights that are important to the public. At the office of Elmer & Brunot, PC, we help clients assert their rights and file wrongful termination tort claims in Oregon courts.
Wrongful termination cases arise in a variety of work scenarios.
In general, however, the courts in Oregon have found the following situations to reflect wrongful termination:
Many employees fail to seek legal assistance after being fired from a job because there was no discrimination or harassment. Fortunately, this is Oregon. Residents of Oregon may sue their employers even if they do not experience discrimination or harassment. There may be a wrongful termination claim if an employee is fired after asserting employment rights or for acting in the public's interest.
When our clients are fired in violation of state or federal employment laws, we prepare and file employment discrimination complaints with state and federal agencies and Oregon civil courts.