Vogele & Christiansen is a Portland, Oregon employment law firm that represents employees statewide.

Recent Articles

Oregon OSHA and Workplace Safety Reports – Employee Rights

June 27, 2014

This article discusses some important Oregon laws related to OSHA reports and other types of internal and external reports concerning workplace safety. It also discusses rights and remedies available to employees who suffer retaliation due to their protected reports. Deadlines related to the OSEA are critically short, often 90 days or less, in cases involving […]

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Filing a Sexual Harassment Case in Oregon

June 25, 2014

There are many factors to consider when evaluating how best to proceed with a sexual harassment case in Oregon. While every case is unique, this article will provide an overview of some of the most common issues that arise in sexual harassment cases. The resolution of an Oregon sexual harassment case can yield a monetary […]

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The BOLI Civil Rights Complaint Process – Important Considerations

June 11, 2014

The Bureau of Labor and Industries Civil Rights Division (BOLI) is the Oregon administrative agency that enforces several important Oregon employment laws. Victims of unlawful employment practices may file complaints of unlawful employment practices with BOLI. BOLI civil rights complaints may be filed personally or through an attorney. This article provides fundamental information that Oregon […]

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Oregon Unemployment Appeals – About Hiring an Attorney

May 30, 2014

This article addresses two topics important to all claimants facing issues with an Oregon unemployment claim: (1) if/when you should retain counsel for an unemployment appeal, as opposed to representing yourself; and (2) how much you should expect to pay for counsel. This article is based on my personal experience representing well over a hundred claimants in […]

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What Is Sexual Harassment Under Oregon Law?

May 27, 2014

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under federal and state law. The applicable federal law, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., covers employers with 15 or more employees, while the comparable Oregon law applies to every employer of 1 or more employees. ORS 659A.030. Thus, there is a legal remedy for […]

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Oregon Employment Contracts

May 12, 2014

The employment relationship is at its heart a contractual relationship. This article will address general considerations governing employment contracts between Oregon employers and employees. This article does not constitute legal advice and specific questions about your employment contract should be directed to an experienced Oregon employment attorney. As in other jurisdictions, Oregon employment contracts may […]

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Commission Pay Laws in Oregon

May 1, 2014

This article summarizes several Oregon laws relevant to commission pay in the employment context. It does not directly discuss commission pay issues outside the employment context (e.g., business-to-business disputes, independent contractor disputes, etc.). If you need help with a specific situation, employment-related or otherwise, you should contact an attorney. Employees and employers should note that the […]

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The Basics of the Oregon Uniform Trade Secret Act

February 19, 2014

This article provides basic information about Oregon’s trade secret misappropriation law – the Oregon Uniform Trade Secrets Act (OUTSA), ORS 646.461 et seq. OUTSA claims are common in many business and employment matters. Due to the fact-specific and urgent nature of OUTSA claims, I strongly urge you to contact an attorney for assistance with a […]

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Oregon Non-Compete Clauses – Important Considerations

February 14, 2014

Non-compete litigation is on the rise. In August 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported that “[t]he number of published U.S. court decisions involving noncompete agreements rose 61% since 2002.” However, “[s]ince most cases are settled out of court and most opinions aren’t reported, that tally is likely low.” There is a similar trend with trade […]

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Negotiating Severance Agreements in Oregon

November 10, 2013

Overview of severance agreements The successful negotiation of severance agreements is an art and a science.  A severance agreement is a legal document that is negotiated at or shortly after the termination of employment.  The precise language of a severance agreement is important as it will create an enforceable contract to resolve any and all […]

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