Portland Employment Discrimination & Harassment Attorneys
At Owens & McBreen, P.C., our employment attorneys work diligently to help employees whose rights have been violated. Under federal and state law, you have the right to be free from workplace discrimination—and may be entitled to certain reasonable accommodations—based on a number of protected classifications, including:
- Race and national origin
- Sex and pregnancy
- Sexual orientation and gender identity
- Military service
- Marital or family status
- Being the victim of violence
Being free from discrimination means that an employer cannot subject you to different terms and conditions of employment—including hiring, firing, promotions, raises, rates of pay, and job duties—based on these categories. In addition, it is usually unlawful for an employer to engage in or allow harassment based on these categories. Harassment includes such things as forcing an employee to provide certain favors in exchange for job benefits, as well as allowing the creation of a “hostile work environment” based on a protected category, including those listed above. The law also prohibits and employer from retaliating against you if you’ve complained in good faith about these forms of discrimination and harassment.
The only way to truly determine if you’re facing unlawful treatment at work is to consult with an employment attorney. If you suspect that you’ve been the victim of unlawful employment discrimination or harassment, please contact our firm for a free consultation with one of our employment attorneys.