A recent Oregon court decision based on facts arising long before COVID-19 may shed light on some of the issues facing employers when employees raise virus-related safety concerns.
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Margherita Vergara was a housekeeper at a Eugene hotel operating under the business name Eugene University Inn & Suites. She sued Koomal Patel, a shareholder in the business, alleging statutory whistleblower claims. She sued just before the time to file her claims, the statute of limitations, ran out. Unfortunately, she mistakenly sued the wrong defendant and later amended her claims to add other defendants and