Tag Archives: Workplace Harassment/Violence

Oregon GOP senator accuses Dems of hostile work environment

An investigation into formal complaints submitted by a Republican lawmaker in the Oregon Senate against multiple Democratic lawmakers has found no basis for allegations of a hostile work environment in the wake of another Republican lawmaker making threats against state troopers. Source: Oregon GOP senator accuses Dems of hostile work environment

 Ex-legislative HR director’s quiet exit included pay to research, handle projects

Lore Christopher collected $96,000 after she agreed to retire in midst of Capitol harassment turmoil. The Oregon Legislature’s former human resources director was paid nearly $100,000 to work from home for the first eight months of 2019 after she agreed to a quiet exit last fall amid intense public scrutiny about workplace harassment in the […]
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Emails detail Oregon Capitol staff concern over Republican Sen. Brian Boquist’s threats

An Oregon state senator’s threats against the Senate president and the state police on the eve of a walkout by Senate Republicans in June sent a wave of fear through the Capitol. Source: Emails detail Oregon Capitol staff concern over Republican Sen. Brian Boquist’s threats

APNewsBreak: Oregon lawmaker’s threats triggered fear

Emails show that an Oregon state senator’s threats against the Senate president and the Oregon State Police on the eve of a walkout by Senate Republicans in June sent a shock wave of fear through the Capitol. Source: APNewsBreak: Oregon lawmaker’s threats triggered fear

Blue states are leading in sexual harassment reforms. Red states are leaving women behind. 

State Library Ed. Note:  We seek to be non-partisan in our selection of stories. This guest opinion is not particularly so.  However, I am including it since it provides a scan of scan of harassment legislation in other states. Lawmakers in New York and California are giving their constituents new tools to fight back. Source: […]
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Other views | Partnership works to help keep nurses safe

Nurses and other hospital employees enter the profession because they want to take care of people. But we know that too often they can become victims of violent acts on the job as they deliver that care. Consider these two data points: Nurses are more likely to be assaulted at work than police officers, and […]
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Editorial: State Sen. Tim Knopp fights workplace harassment

The Oregon Legislature kicked off this session under a cloud suggesting the Capitol was a hostile workplace. The Legislature’s Democratic leadership apparently even sought to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct committed against staff and members of the Legislature. That’s not what Oregon wants. State Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, working with Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, set […]
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Oregon’s public employers must have anti-harassment policies under new law

Senate Bill 479, signed by Gov. Kate Brown on June 20, requires government officials to promptly investigate reports of harassment and follow up with employees who made the reports to determine if the harassment has stopped or if they experienced retaliation. Source: Oregon’s public employers must have anti-harassment policies under new law

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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Umatilla prison super under investigation

The superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution is out of the office pending a human resources investigation in the wake of scathing accusations. Jennifer Black, communications director for the Oregon Department of Corrections, reported that Troy Bowser is “duty stationed” at home as of Wednesday. Source: Umatilla prison super under investigation