Category Archives: Bureau of Labor and Industries

Second lawsuit alleges mistreatment by OnTrack founder Rita Sullivan

Addiction services nonprofit OnTrack is named in a new lawsuit filed in early July by former and current employees who allege whistleblower retaliation, infliction of emotional distress and violations of both state wage and family leave laws. Source: Second lawsuit alleges mistreatment by OnTrack founder Rita Sullivan | Mail Tribune

Signature Gatherer Files Elections, Wage Complaints Alleging Fraud on Oregon Anti-Tax Initiative Petition

Connea Derber says a representative of Ballot Access LLC violated elections laws while trying to qualify anti-tax measure for the November ballot. A signature gatherer has filed complaints with the Oregon Elections Division and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries alleging violations of elections law and wage theft. The complaints, filed June 29 by […]
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Learning labor: First job on the farm not as easy to get as it used to be

Agricultural jobs for teens affected by technology, labor laws. Whether pulling weeds, picking berries or driving machinery, many people found their first job on a farm. For Umatilla County kids, farm labor has been one of many options for making money in the summer, but the way young workers fit into the agricultural industry has […]
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Oregon Supreme Court won’t hear Sweet Cakes by Melissa’s appeal

The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to consider the case of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the now-defunct Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 based on the bakers’ religious objections. Aaron and Melissa Klein had been ordered to pay $135,000 to couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in […]
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Labor commissioner looks back at decade-long tenure

Case against Gresham bakery’s refusal to provide a cake for a same-sex couple drew big headlines, ‘but it was just one of many,’ Brad Avakian says. Beaverton resident will leave office Jan. 7 after almost 11 years in the position. Brad Avakian says headline-grabbing cases, such as the suit against a Gresham bakery for refusing […]
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Justice for Janitors Day Oregon Moves to Protect Vulnerable Workers

Today, labor organizations are honoring America’s custodians with Justice for Janitors Day, a recognition of their struggle for fair wages and a safe working environment. In Oregon, the Service Employees International Union Local 49 has released a report on how a new state law could clean up the janitorial industry. Source: Justice for Janitors Day […]
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In Oregon, Workers Legally Protected Against Discrimination Include Off-Duty Smokers and Those with Bad Credit

Legislative leadership seeks a path to an equitable workplace in wake of ex-Sen. Jeff Kruse’s resignation. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) issued a memo last week updating their colleagues on steps they are taking to ensure proper workplace behavior in the Capitol. Source: In Oregon, Workers Legally Protected Against […]
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State agency revises rules to allow ‘tiny homes on wheels’

The Oregon Building Codes Division, in cooperation with Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services (DMV), said Wednesday it filed an administrative rule last Friday to help provide a mechanism for recreational park trailer (tiny houses on wheels) manufacturers to obtain an ownership document from DMV. Source: State agency revises rules to allow ‘tiny homes on wheels’

Labor Commissioner: U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Wedding Cake Doesn’t Affect Oregon

Oregon official says a U.S. Supreme Court decision on baker’s refusal to make same-sex couple a wedding cake doesn’t affect similar Oregon case. Source: Labor Commissioner: U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Wedding Cake Doesn’t Affect Oregon

Business says its reputation tanked after shunning LGBTQ group, sues for $2.3M

A Portland business that claims its reputation nosedived after it turned away an LGBTQ customer based on orders from Holy Rosary Church filed a $2.3 million lawsuit this week against the church. Ambridge Event Center rented out a large space at 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the public for conventions, weddings and […]
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