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Workplace Discrimination

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It has been demonstrated by researchers that work environments filled with harassment or discrimination negatively affect job performance and the emotional well-being of employees. Hostile and discriminatory work environments are stressful and, more importantly, they may be illegal.

Our firm strongly advocates for clients involved in a variety of workplace discrimination disputes. The Salem employment law attorneys at the firm of Elmer & Brunot, PC have extensive experience enforcing the rights of Oregon's workers under state and federal employment laws.

Employment law cases can be difficult to prove, and our workplace discrimination attorneys have the experience to successfully investigate and document instances of employment discrimination.

When Does Employment Discrimination Occur?

Workplace discrimination cases can occur at almost any stage of the employee and employer relationship.

If during the hiring, firing, or promotion processes, an employer treats you differently for any of the following reasons, you may have an employment discrimination claim:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy
  • National origin

In Oregon, an employee who experiences harassment or discrimination for assisting another employee who is pursuing an employment discrimination claim may also use the state's employment discrimination laws.

Oregon law defends employees who help other employees assert their state and federal employment law rights. You have to file suit in Oregon within one year of experiencing harassment or discrimination at work. To ensure that you meet this deadline, retain a skilled employment law lawyer as soon as you believe your employment rights have been violated.

Sexual Harassment at Work

Many employees ignore sexual harassment because they don't know how to stop it or because they think it is simply the cost of being employed. However, employers have a legal obligation to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment.

Some examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Unwanted touching
  • Offensive sexual jokes
  • Sexual comments and unwanted requests

In Oregon, whether your boss, your colleagues, or even non-employees are harassing you, an employer may be held responsible in an employment lawsuit. Employers who are aware of hostile and illegal conduct in the workplace and fail to respond to harassment in an appropriate manner can be sued.

To resolve workplace harassment and discrimination issues, please contact our Salem employment law attorneys online or at 503.563.7035 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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