How Oregon’s Workplace Fairness Act Is Impacting Employers

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Major elements of the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (OWFA) went into effect on October 1, 2020. The 2019 Oregon Legislature passed the Act in response to concerns voiced by the #MeToo movement.

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On January 1, 2020, the time to file most discrimination claims under state law with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) or in the courts was extended from 1 year to 5 years. Because the remainder of the law goes into effect starting in October, you should review your workplace discrimination and harassment policies, employment agreements, and

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