Wrongful Termination Law
Do I need an Oregon wrongful termination attorney?
The Meyer Stephenson attorneys are experienced in a wide variety of wrongful termination claims. In Oregon, it is illegal to fire an employee for reporting or opposing unlawful conduct by the employer, such as discrimination, serious workplace health and safety concerns, wage claims, and various other legal or regulatory violations.
It is important that you consult an attorney with expertise in this area to help you. Our attorneys, having worked for large employment law firms in the country as well as leading plaintiff’s employment firms in Portland, have substantial experience representing employees in Oregon wrongful termination claims.
In Oregon, most employer-employee relationships are “at will”. This means that the employer is free to hire, discipline, or fire any employee at any time for any reason—unless that reason is contrary to an agreement, or is unlawful under state, federal or local law, or contrary to public policy. Federal and Oregon laws protect you from being discriminated at work. That means you can’t be fired or demoted, paid less, or otherwise treated differently because you belong to a protected class.
A “protected class” is simply a shared characteristic that employers cannot use as a basis for employment decision under law. For an employee to bring a successful civil rights employment discrimination complaint the employee must be a member of a protected class and experience harm or adverse action, and there must be a connection between the harm and membership in a protected class.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency responsible for protecting specific classes of people from employment discrimination and investigating charges of job discrimination the workplace including wrongful termination. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Civil Rights Division is the Oregon State agency charged with investigating complaints of harassment and/or discrimination and wrongful termination in the workplace.
Wrongful Termination Lawyer and Meyer Stephenson Attorney, Christina Stephenson represents wrongful termination due to health and safety issues in Umatilla County.
Wrongful Termination Attorney, Portland, Oregon
Meyer Stephenson represents employees in wrongful termination cases throughout the state. Our attorneys may be able to assist you with a wrongful termination claim in Oregon, based on the following:
- National Origin
- Marital status
- Family relationship
- Genetic Information
- Injured Worker (Invoking the Workers’ Compensation System)
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Domestic Violence Victim
- Opposition to unsafe working conditions
- Equal pay
- Criminal convictions
- Uniformed Services (USERRA)
- Exercising rights under medical leave statutes (OFLA and/or FMLA)
- Exercising rights under military leave statutes (Oregon Military Family Leave Act)
- Reporting or opposing illegal discrimination in the workplace
- Reporting or opposing unlawful employment practices
- Reporting or opposing sexual harassment
- Reporting patient safety concerns
- Reporting or opposing wage and hour violations
- Reporting or opposing unfair trade practices
- Reporting or opposing violations of consumer protection laws
- Reporting evidence of illegal activity
- Requesting bereavement leave
Attorneys from Meyer Stephenson are experienced in a wide variety of wrongful termination claims. In Oregon, it is illegal to fire an employee for reporting or opposing unlawful conduct by the employer, such as discrimination, serious workplace health and safety concerns, wage claims, and various other legal or regulatory violations. It is important that you consult an attorney with expertise in this area to help you.
Our attorneys, having worked for one of the largest employment law firms in the country as well as one of the leading plaintiff’s employment lawyers in Portland, have substantial experience representing both employees and employers in Oregon wrongful termination claims.
Have you experienced wrongful termination in the workplace? Do you have questions about wrongful termination? Allow an Oregon wrongful termination attorney to help. Contact us at Meyer Stephenson.