If your employer is involved in unlawful activity, violating its own rules,
or asking you to participate in wrongdoing, you have the right to
“blow the whistle” and report them for illicit behavior. Whistleblowing is the right thing
to do but can be inherently risky, especially since employers will look
for any reason to retaliate against you.
We can fight for your rights if you are preparing to report an issue or
have already done so.
Workers’ Compensation Retaliation
When you are injured while on the job, you have a right to receive compensation
through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Some
unscrupulous employers will attempt to intimidate workers into not
filing a workers’ compensation claim or retaliate against them after they have filed, especially if the injury
was the result of an unsafe work environment.
You are legally protected from all forms of retaliation when filing a legitimate
workers’ compensation claim. Our legal team can stand up for your
rights and will do everything possible to protect you from adverse action
in these situations.
Though Oregon is an “at-will” employment state, an employer cannot
fire an employee for unlawful reasons. Wrongful termination can occur when you are fired as a result of discrimination,
retaliation, or breach of contract. Employers cannot terminate you on
the basis of your belonging to a protected class, including your sexual
orientation, race, or gender identity. They also cannot fire you because
you “blew the whistle,” reported instances of discrimination,
or raised a workplace safety issue.
Many employees operate under an employment contract that specifies conditions
in which someone can and cannot be terminated. An employer cannot violate
the provisions of these agreements when making termination decisions.
Our firm can help you fight wrongful termination and work to recover damages.