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Oregon Wrongful Termination

You may have heard that Oregon is an at-will employment state. Under most circumstances, that means employers can terminate employees for almost any reason. But there are some exceptions, and you should speak to an employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney immediately if you think you've been unlawfully dismissed from your job.

Can You Be Wrongfully Terminated in an "At Will" State?

Wrongful termination or wrongful dismissal is the term used to describe a situation where a worker is terminated from a job in violation of the law or in breach of a pre-existing contract.

Although Oregon is an at-will employment state, there are several instances where it's illegal for an employer to terminate an employee:

  • An employer cannot terminate a worker in retaliation for a worker exercising a legal right. This is known as the public policy exception, and common examples would include a company terminating an employee for taking time off to serve on a jury or firing an employee who's filed a workers' compensation claim. Talk to a wrongful termination lawyer today if you think you lost your job in retaliation for one of these actions.
  • It's also illegal for an employer to terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons. Federal and Oregon discrimination laws make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the basis of race, gender, skin color, religion, national origin, age (if the worker is at least 40), disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation and more. A discrimination attorney can help you take legal action against your former employer.

If you had a written or implied employment contract or if you are a union member covered by a collective bargaining agreement, if may be unlawful for your employer to terminate you if it violates one of those agreements. An attorney or your union representative can help you file a grievance through the union's grievance process, and a wrongful termination lawyer can help you file for breach of contract if you were fired in violation of a job contract.

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