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Protect against retaliation

Retaliation, and what to do about it

If you think your employer has punished you, or will punish you, because you are concerned about safety or health conditions where you work, that is discrimination and it is against the law. Under the Oregon Safe Employment Act, your employer cannot punish you for being concerned. Discrimination 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 Civil Rights Division of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) if you think your employer is discriminating against you. Complaints alleging retaliation must be filed within 90 days of when the retaliation occurs. Filing a complaint begins by filling out a questionnaire and returning it to the Portland BOLI office. You may also call BOLI’s Civil Rights Division at 971-673-0764 (English) or 971-673-2818 (Español). 

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