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Fighting Discrimination in the Workplace Throughout Portland
Employees in Oregon and throughout the United States deserve to be treated fairly and equally, no matter their age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy status, or disability. Though federal and state laws prohibit workplace discrimination on many grounds, employees continue to experience many forms of discrimination throughout the country.
Filing a discrimination claim against your employer can be intimidating, especially if they have a reputation for retaliating against workers who speak up. We can help you seek justice.
Our firm can assist you with discrimination cases involving:
Our Portland discrimination lawyers at Bullman Law Firm exclusively fight for employees and never represent employers. We are familiar with how the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) conduct investigations and adjudicate cases and can assist you with every element of your claim.
When you have been unlawfully discriminated against in the workplace or as part of a hiring process, you have the option of attempting to handle a complaint internally. Every company should have a formal procedure for submitting grievances or discussing the matter with your human relations department. However, you must keep in mind that the company will almost always look to protect itself, not you, even in cases involving flagrant discrimination.
When a company fails to appropriately handle a discrimination complaint, you will need to consider filing a charge with the EEOC, which handles complaints at the federal level, or BOLI, which handles Oregon claims. Each agency will conduct an investigation into the allegations and determine whether unlawful discrimination likely occurred. If the EEOC or BOLI believe that discrimination occurred, they will attempt to compel the offending employer to negotiate a settlement. Should this effort fail, the EEOC or BOLI can elect to file a lawsuit against your employer on your behalf. If they choose not to pursue additional legal action or if an investigation concludes there is not enough evidence to support your claim, you will receive a Notice of Right to Sue, which enables you to file a lawsuit within 90 days of receipt.
You should act quickly if you believe that you have been discriminated against at work. For some claims, you will generally have up to 5 years from the date of the most recent incident to submit a discrimination complaint to BOLI or file a lawsuit. However, for other claims your deadline is much shorter. This is one reason why it is so important to contact an attorney right away to help you determine your rights and deadlines.
If a discrimination complaint can be enforced through BOLI, you have up to 300 days from the date of the most recent incident to file with the EEOC. If BOLI or another local enforcement agency does not address the type of discrimination that you have experienced, you have only 180 days to submit a complaint to the EEOC. To protect the full extent of your legal options, you should consider speaking with our Portland discrimination attorneys as soon as possible after experiencing any form of discriminatory mistreatment.
Our team at Bullman Law Firm regularly handles all types of discrimination cases at both the state and federal levels. We have an extensive familiarity with all laws and can leverage our knowledge to assist with your claim. Our team also has substantial trial experience and can fight for your rights in court.
Our Portland discrimination attorneys can assist you with matters involving:
- Unfair pay
- Discriminatory discipline
- Discriminatory harassment and hostile work environments
- Failure to promote on discriminatory grounds
- Failure to provide reasonable accommodations
- Exclusion on discriminatory grounds
- Retaliation for reporting discrimination
- Wrongful termination on discriminatory grounds
- All other forms of mistreatment on discriminatory grounds
We Have Extensive Trial Experience
As a part of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers recognized by the National Trial Lawyers organization, we have experience successfully winning and appealing cases in court.
We Give Back to the Community
It's important to us that we do our part, contribute however we can, and connect with fellow members of the Portland community.
We Go Beyond the Courtroom
Not only do we fight hard in the courtroom, but we also bring cases to advocacy groups and statehouses to make contributions to systemic change.
We Only Represent Employees
We are willing to take on large corporations and the government in the interest of fighting for our clients and seeking justice in the workplace.