Category Archives: Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)

Wedding Cake Discrimination Case Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court, But an Oregon Court Will Reconsider Its Ruling

The fine imposed on Sweet Cakes by Melissa will be considered again by the Oregon Court of Appeals, which has previously upheld the Bureau of Labor and Industries’ decision to punish the bakery for violating anti-discrimination laws. The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a case challenging a fine imposed on a Gresham bakery […]
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Supreme Court reverses state Sweet Cakes decision

Monday’s decision means the state will have to reconsider its ruling against a Gresham couple in light of First Amendment concerns. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a $135,000 judgment against Gresham bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, and sent their case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Supreme […]
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US Supreme Court won’t hear Oregon wedding cake case, tells state appeals court to reconsider

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of an Oregon cake shop fined by the state after its owners refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. But the high court also ordered the Oregon Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision upholding the state’s fine in light of another wedding […]
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Oregon Legislature to create new equity office to address harassment

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries concluded that the state Legislature had not done enough to curb hostile and inappropriate interactions. Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol’s workplace culture. The measures approved Thursday now head […]
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Oregonians deserve to work in their chosen field free of ageism

When organizations like AARP Oregon, the State Council for Retired Citizens/United Seniors of Oregon, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Oregon AAUW and Oregon Consumer League all come together to champion an issue like workplace discrimination, it must be a serious issue. Source: Oregonians deserve to work in their chosen field free of ageism

Oregon Lawmakers Pass Bill Meant To Empower Victims Of Workplace Harassment

A bill meant to give victims of workplace harassment more rights is on its way to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. The Oregon House voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the measure, which earlier passed the Senate. If Senate Bill 726 is signed into law, it would do several things. It would extend the statute of […]
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Beefing up labor bureau would help hold employers accountable | Opinion

The state can help protect workers by investing more resources in the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, writes Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego. Source: Opinion: Beefing up labor bureau would help hold employers accountable

How many resignation deals has the Oregon Legislature signed? Officials have no idea

Officials say the only way to figure out how many resignation and retirement agreements the Legislature has signed off on during the last five years would be to search all 1,100 or so personnel files for people employed by the Legislature during that time. Source: How many resignation deals has the Oregon Legislature signed? Officials […]
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Former Riverhouse employee alleges mistreatment of Hispanic housekeepers

State Library Ed. Note: Story included since thereis a very brief mention of a complaint filed with BOLI. Matthew J. Armstead claims he was fired after reporting discrimination. A housekeeping manager at Riverhouse on the Deschutes referred to Hispanic people with a racial slur and threw a carton of ice cream at an employee, according […]
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Editorial: State should follow BOLI’s lead on records

Public records belong to the public, but obtaining them in Oregon can be a challenge. If you request public records in Oregon, for instance, the agency that maintains them may well charge for them. A lot. Likewise, the state’s workplace and civil rights laws and rules can be more difficult to obtain than they should […]
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