Experiencing discrimination on the job can be a distressing and challenging ordeal. However, knowing your rights and the proper steps to take can empower you to seek justice and ensure a fair work environment. This guide will walk you through the process of filing a job discrimination complaint in Oregon and highlight how Meyer Employment Law can assist you in such cases.

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Understanding Job Discrimination

Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably due to characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. Oregon state laws, alongside federal laws, prohibit such discriminatory practices.

5 Steps to File a Discrimination Complaint in Oregon

1) Document the Discrimination

Keep detailed records: Note dates, times, places, witnesses, and specific instances of discriminatory behavior. This documentation will be crucial for supporting your claim.

Collect evidence: Save emails, messages, performance reviews, or any other relevant documents that demonstrate the discrimination. This could include derogatory remarks, unfair disciplinary actions, or exclusion from important meetings and opportunities.

Witness statements: If colleagues witnessed the discriminatory behavior, ask if they would be willing to provide written statements supporting your claim.

2) Report to Your Employer

Follow company procedures: Most companies have internal processes for addressing discrimination. Report the issue to your supervisor or HR department. Refer to your employee handbook or company policy on how to file an internal complaint.

Submit a formal complaint: Write a formal complaint letter detailing the discriminatory behavior, how it violates company policy, and your desire for a resolution. Keep a copy of this letter for your records.

Request a written response: Ask your employer to provide a written response to your complaint, detailing the steps they will take to investigate and address the issue.

3) File a Complaint with BOLI

Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI): In Oregon, you can file a complaint with BOLI’s Civil Rights Division within one year of the discriminatory act. This is a critical step if your employer fails to address the issue satisfactorily.

Complete the intake process: Visit BOLI’s website to fill out an intake questionnaire or call their office for guidance. Provide as much detail as possible about the discriminatory acts, including dates, times, and any supporting documentation.

Submit your complaint: Once the intake process is complete, BOLI will draft a formal complaint for you to review and sign. This document will officially start the investigation.

4) Cooperate with the Investigation

Provide necessary information: BOLI will investigate your complaint, which may include interviews with you, your employer, and any witnesses. Be prepared to provide additional details or documentation if requested.

Mediation and resolution: BOLI may offer mediation to resolve the issue before moving forward with formal charges. Mediation is a voluntary process where both parties work with a neutral mediator to reach a settlement.

Investigation outcomes: If mediation is unsuccessful or declined, BOLI will continue with the investigation. They will determine if there is sufficient evidence to support your claim and may issue findings or recommendations.

5) Consider Legal Action

File a lawsuit: If BOLI’s resolution is unsatisfactory or if you choose to bypass BOLI, you can file a lawsuit in state or federal court. You must do this within 90 days of receiving a “right to sue” letter from BOLI.

Seek legal representation: It is highly recommended to seek legal representation when filing a lawsuit. An experienced employment lawyer can help build a strong case and represent your interests in court.

How Meyer Employment Law Can Help

Navigating the complexities of discrimination laws and filing a complaint can be overwhelming. Meyer Employment Law specializes in employment discrimination cases and can offer the expertise and support you need. Here’s how we can assist:

  • Expert Guidance: Our experienced attorneys will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring that your complaint is properly documented and filed.
  • Representation: We will represent you during investigations and negotiations, advocating for your rights and seeking fair compensation.
  • Legal Action: If necessary, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and fight for justice in court.


Filing a discrimination complaint in Oregon involves several steps, from documenting the incident to possibly taking legal action. Meyer Employment Law is here to support you through this challenging time, providing the expertise and representation you need to achieve a fair outcome. If you’ve experienced job discrimination, contact us today to discuss your case and learn how we can help.


  1. Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). “Civil Rights Complaints.” BOLI’s Website
  2. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). “How to File a Charge of Employment Discrimination.” EEOC’s Website

By understanding your rights and the proper procedures, you can take steps to address workplace discrimination and seek justice. For more personalized assistance, reach out to Meyer Employment Law.

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