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Protect against retaliation

Retaliation, and what to do about it

It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you because you reported or opposed a workplace health or safety violation.

Retaliation may include:

  • Assignment to an undesirable job or shift
  • Blacklisting
  • Demotion or denial of a promotion
  • Denial of benefits earned, such as sick leave or vacation time
  • Dismissal
  • Harassment
  • Loss of seniority
  • Reduction in pay or hours
  • Taking away company housing

You can file a complaint with the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) if you think your employer is discriminating or retaliating against you. Complaints alleging retaliation must be filed within one year of when the retaliation occurs.

Not sure which form to use?
There is a Full List of BOLI Complaint Forms and a guide to help you figure out which form to use.

You may also call BOLI at 971-673-0761.

Oregon OSHA Adopted Division 1 Civil Penalty & Work Refusal Changes from Senate Bills 592 and 907

Helpful links

File a Retaliation Complaint with BOLI

Whistleblower topic page

Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)

Workers Rights (BOLI)

Whistleblower Rights

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A pocket-sized card, in English and Spanish, outlining workers’ rights in Oregon.