Oregon just enacted comprehensive legislation that will have a potentially surprising impact on most Oregon workplaces. The law creates a new unlawful employment practice that prohibits employers from entering into agreements containing nondisclosure, nondisparagement or similar confidentiality provisions. It also requires employers to adopt and disseminate specific written policies and significantly enlarges the period in which an employee may file a claim of discrimination. An individual right of action has been created, allowing employees to file administrative complaints or lawsuits for alleged violations.
BOLI : Discrimination at Work : For Workers : State of Oregon
Oregon State University, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars, affirms its commitment to the elimination of discrimination and discriminatory harassment, and the provision of equal opportunity for all. An objective of Oregon State University is the creation and maintenance of a positive atmosphere of nondiscrimination in every phase and activity of university operations. Harassment and intimidation can impede an individual's ability to participate fully in the educational process. Acts of discrimination, harassment and insensitivity hurt and degrade all members of the campus community whether victim, perpetrator, or observer. Every member of the university community is responsible for creating and maintaining a climate free of discrimination and harassment.
Sexual harassment can look like unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or conduct of a sexual nature verbal, physical, or visual , that is directed toward an individual because of gender. It can also include conduct that is not sexual but is gender-related. Sexual harassment includes the harassment of the same or of the opposite sex. If you have been sexually harassed or discriminated against, you can file a discrimination complaint.
Discrimination based on sex including sexual harassment is illegal under state and federal laws. Discrimination based on sexual orientation; and gender identity and expression, is prohibited under state law. This page is designed to provide information to those seeking assistance with complaints and to those individuals who are responsible for enforcement and oversight. As a response to student, parent, and school district requests, the Oregon Department of Education, working with stakeholders, developed these guidelines to provide assistance for districts to foster an educational environment that is safe, free from discrimination, and aligned with state and federal laws.