A Fifth Civil-Rights Complaint Alleges Racial Harassment at Daimler Trucks North America


A fifth African-American employee at Daimler Trucks North America has filed a state civil-rights complaint alleging she was the target of continuing racial harassment at the Portland manufacturer. But unlike previous complaints filed this year, this one comes not from Daimler's Western Star truck manufacturing plant, but from the engineering department in its corporate headquarters. The employee, who ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 AARON MESH

State Child Welfare Worker Says Her Boss Questioned Her Ability to Speak English


A child welfare staffer at the Oregon Department of Human Services filed a complaint this month with the state labor board saying she was moved out of the job she's held for 14 years when a new boss complained her English wasn’t good enough.In her complaint to the Bureau of Labor and Industries, Carmenza Gonzalez-Garcia says she told her manager in May she was being discriminated against because ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Failed to Comply with Veterans' Benefits Law, State Finds

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office broke the law when it failed to give special consideration to a veteran who applied for a promotion, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled this week.BOLI ordered the county to pay Sgt. Rod Edwards $50,000, to comply with the law by writing a "coherent, consistent, written and reasonable method by which to apply veterans’ preferences," and to ...   More
Friday, May 23, 2014 KATE WILLSON

State Hopes to Complete City Hall Harassment Investigation Within Six Months


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is dealing with the latest allegation of misconduct by his staff—a civil rights complaint by a mayoral aide charging that chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive. The mayor says he won't comment until a state investigation is finished.Hales is going to have to wait.The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which investigates workplace ...   More
Thursday, January 30, 2014 AARON MESH

State of Oregon Finds Substantial Evidence Gresham Bakers Discriminated Illegally

Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013.


The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says in a press release today that it found "substantial evidence" that Sweet Cakes by Melissa committed unlawful discrimination when it refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013. The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 made it illegal in the state of Oregon for a public business to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The ...   More
Friday, January 17, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sweet Cakes, Strong Takes

A selection of emails sent to Oregon's “Stalin,” “Klan,” “Nazi” and/or “Commie” Officials regarding Gresham’s Sweet Cakes By Melissa


Food & Drink
Last week, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industry found “substantial evidence” that Gresham’s Sweet Cakes By Melissa discriminated against a lesbian couple last February by refusing to make them a wedding cake. Aaron and Melissa Klein will now go through a mediation process which, if unsuccessful, may result in formal charges of discrimination. The bakery, which was forced from its storefront ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 by Martin Cizmar

Unwelcome Mat

Housing discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation is against Oregon law. Who knew?

News Stories
When Mari Orr and her partner, Jennifer Vales, went looking for a new apartment last fall, Orr says, “We got a lot of odd looks.”  Vales is a transgender woman, and she still had a ma   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MARY EMILY O'HARA

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian gets late X-mas gift

The state Attorney General's office has decided that Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian doesn't have to run for re-election in 2010, when his post would normally be scheduled on the state ballot. Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Avakian, formerly a Democratic state senator representing parts of Northwest Portland and Washington County, to the non-partisan labor commissioner's ...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS


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