Category Archives: Bureau of Labor and Industries

Oregon Legislature scales back whistleblower protection bill

A proposal to allow Oregon state employees to report whistleblower concerns anonymously has been scaled back. Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters of Salem introduced Senate Bill 1559 in response to a November story in the Statesman Journal about former Oregon Department of Transportation employee Gerritt Law and several other whistleblowers. Source: Oregon Legislature scales back […]
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Age discrimination complaint dismissed

An age discrimination complaint filed by a former part-time employee at the Ashland Senior Center has been dismissed by Bureau of Labor and Industries due to lack of evidence, a BOLI spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Dorothy Parsons, a former part-time employee at the Senior Center, filed a complaint in December alleging she was discriminated against by […]
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New report calls Measure 11 sentences for juveniles ‘harsh and costly’

Oregon’s longstanding policy of treating juvenile offenders accused of serious crimes as adults is “harsh and costly” and fails to account for adolescents’ capacity for change, the Oregon Council on Civil Rights says in a new report issued Tuesday. Source: New report calls Measure 11 sentences for juveniles ‘harsh and costly’

Financial officer alleges bias in PPS suit

Whistleblowing retaliation, age prejudice among former Financial Officer Harriet Deary’s allegations. A former manager has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Portland Public Schools for employment discrimination. Source: Financial officer alleges bias in PPS suit

Editorial: State should be careful how it sanctions speech

The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld last week an earlier ruling that Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Gresham bakery that is now closed, illegally discriminated against a lesbian couple in 2013 when it refused to bake them a cake to celebrate a civil union. Source: Editorial: State should be careful how it sanctions speech

Appeals court upholds fine against Christian bakers who refused to make same-sex wedding cake

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a decision by Oregon’s labor commissioner that forced two Gresham bakers to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for whom the bakers refused to make a wedding cake. Source: Appeals court upholds fine against Christian bakers who refused to make same-sex wedding cake

Oregon court upholds $135,000 fine, part of ruling against bakery in gay wedding cake case

The Oregon Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a ruling — and a $135,000 fine — that two Gresham bakery owners discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake, violating Oregon law. Source: Oregon court upholds $135,000 fine, part of ruling against bakery in gay wedding cake case

Open to one, open to all

-Oregon court upholds anti-discrimination law- The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the case of a Colorado baker who claims his First Amendment freedoms allow him to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Before issuing their ruling, the justices should read Thursday’s Oregon Court of Appeals decision in a closely parallel […]
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Gresham bakers discriminated against gay couple by refusing to make wedding cake, Oregon Appeals Court rules

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a ruling of illegal discrimination and a $135,000 fine levied by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian against the owners of a Gresham bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2013. Source: Gresham bakers discriminated against gay couple by refusing to make wedding […]
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Court: Sweet Cakes must pay damages for refusing to bake wedding cake

Thursday’s decision by Oregon’s Court of Appeals affirmed BOLI’s conclusion that the bakery’s owners violated the civil rights of a lesbian couple and a state law that businesses not discriminate based on sexual orientation. Source: Court: Sweet Cakes must pay damages for refusing to bake wedding cake