Discrimination is Bad . . .
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 03:19PM
Alan Thayer

You know that you should not discriminate as an employer. But what does that mean?

Oregon and federal statutes prohibit discrimination in terms and conditions of employment (hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, firing, etc…) based on designated factors. A partial list of these factors (protected classes) is set out below.

After each protected class, you will find the applicable Oregon and U.S. statutes. Whether a particular statute applies can defend on the number of employees working for your organization. These employee thresholds are also listed.

 

Race

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)         15+ Employees

Civil Rights Act of 1866 & 1871         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+


Color

Title VII         15+

Civil Rights Act of 1866 & 1871         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Religion

Title VII         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Religious Degree

ORS 659A.318         1+

 

Sex

Title VII         15+

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act  (no link)         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

ORS 652.210 et seq.  (no link)         1+

 

National Origin

Title VII         15+

Civil Rights Act of 1866 & 1871         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Age

Age Discrimination in Employment Act         20+

Older Workers Benefit Protection Act         1+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Disability

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)         15+

ORS 659A.103 to 659A.145         6+

 

Pregnancy

Title VII         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Child Birth

ADA         15+

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Expressing Milk

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act         1+

ORS 653.075 to 653.079          25+

 

Marital Status

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Act         1+

 

Military Service

USERRA         1+

 

Whistle Blowing

ORS 659A.199         1+

 

Workplace Injury

ORS 659A.040         6+

 

Expunged Juvenile Criminal Record

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030         1+

 

Employment of Family Member

ORS 659A.309         1+

 

Athletes

ORS 659.865         1+

 

Legislative Testimony

ORS 659A.236         1+

 

Breath, Polygraph, Psych & Brainwave Tests

ORS 659A.300         1+

 

Genetic Information

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act         15+

ORS 659A.303         1+

 

Bone Marrow Donation

ORS 659A.312         1+

 

Tobacco Use (Non-Working Hours) 

ORS 659A.315         1+

 

Sexual Orientation

ORS 659A.029 to 659A.030                  1+

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