We all have things that make us unique, and certain attributes or characteristics that may set us apart from others in both business and social settings. Unfortunately, there are times when our differences cause friction, when others are less accepting of the way we look, our mannerisms or the way we speak, or what we believe. As U.S. citizens and residents of Oregon, we all have the right to receive equal treatment in both business and public settings, and those who treat others as different or less than could open themselves up to civil liability. If you are facing a situation in which you have been discriminated against or suspect that discrimination is occurring, the following is important information to be aware of regarding your rights, as well as your options in pursuing a discrimination claim.
Places Where Discrimination Can Occur
While some who hold racist or prejudicial attitudes towards others may make an effort to hide their true feelings, others are more upfront, practicing actions that are discriminatory in nature in their everyday lives. Places where discrimination can occur include the following:
- At work: Discriminatory employment practices can prevent you from being hired or promoted, or result in you being paid less than other employees, or treated in a derogatory manner;
- In educational settings: Discrimination can result in differences in how students are treated or taught, forced segregation, or lack of opportunities for advancement and achievement;
- In housing practices: Discriminatory practices could exclude you from moving into a certain neighborhood, or being approved for an apartment;
- In lending practices: As the result of unfair and discriminatory practices, you could be excluded from getting a loan for a home or business.
Filing A Discrimination Complaint
Discriminatory practices, both at work and in public settings, can have serious repercussions for victims, violating their rights and preventing them from having the same advantages as other citizens. Under Oregon state law (Section 659A.030) discriminatory practices are prohibited when based on the following factors:
- Race or color;
- National origin or religion;
- Sex or sexual orientation;
- Marital status or age.
If you are a victim of discrimination, there are several ways to address the problem. Grievances can be filed through employment or academic guidelines, by filing a complaint through the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), or by filing a civil lawsuit against a business or individual through state or federal court.
Reach Out to Us for Assistance
If you or someone you love has been the victim of discrimination, contact the Johnston Law Firm today. Our experienced civil litigation attorney can advise you on the best course of action in your particular case, while ensuring your rights and interests are protected. We serve Portland and the surrounding areas; call or contact us online today for a free consultation.