Police Sergeant Wins Honor Fighting Discrimination

Oregon Police sergeant Liani Reyna fought discrimination throughout the department and in her career, and has been so honored, the Oregonian reports. Reyna won the “WE Persist” award from the city. “WE” stands for women’s empowerment.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries also stated that Reyna faced a hostile work environment when she reported harassment in the form of hazing that could constitute discrimination in 1999. She had been the only female member of the Special Emergency Reaction Team when she joined. Eventually 20 former or current members of the team faced discipline in 2002 for incidents related to the hazing, some of which was related to sexuality and gender.

Reyna said that she was fortunate to find fellow officers who were supportive of her career, and of her decision to be a whistleblower in regard to these incidents. She does believe that she faced retaliation based on her decision to speak up and a possible loss of advancement as a result. Every employee potentially faces a choice to speak up about similar instances, whether for themselves, or fellow colleagues.

If you or someone you know is a witness or a recipient of employment discrimination, the first choice you must make is when and how to speak about what you know. Any retaliation that you face could be addressed in a civil lawsuit. You’ll likely find–as others have–that you must speak up about such abuses because it is the right thing to do. The second choice is to find a legal advocate who understands the stakes and knows the sacrifices that you have made in coming forward. Moreover, such a person needs to be able to win in a civil case. You need a Portland employment discrimination attorney with the experience to get the job done. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson are those attorneys.

If you have seen or experienced this kind of discrimination, it’s not a fight you would have wanted, but Kroll and Johnson can help make sure it’s a fight you’ll win. Contact them today for a free consultation.

Employment Discrimination

Most of us like to think we’ll never be the victim of employment discrimination. Admittedly, it’s not first on the list of problems at work. But if you’ve been the victim of wrongful termination, retaliation, or some other discrimination, it’s important to know you have rights. First, you need to contact the Oregon Civil Rights Division, and then you need an attorney skilled in handling these types of cases.

Some who have experienced employment discrimination would rather not get into a fight. They’d rather just find a new job, and move on. The problem is that this type of discrimination continues, until someone calls it out. Maybe that time is now. Maybe you were protecting someone’s right to speak the truth, or someone decided to discriminate against you for some other reason. Either way, you need Ed Kroll. There might be other employment discrimination lawyers in Oregon, but few have been on both sides of the courtroom. Kroll and Johnson know how to get the job done for people like you. The government spends time and money trying to make sure this kind of discrimination doesn’t happen. Now it’s happened, and it’s time to do something about it.

Certainly, you’ll want the best Oregon employment discrimination attorney you can find. Legal advocates in cases like these help make it hurt where it matters: the bottom line. It’s important to make sure that honest people don’t get run over by others with money, who believe they can get away with anything.

You’ve got to find another job. Perhaps the whole ordeal has left you with challenges you didn’t expect. Let Kroll & Johnson worry about your case. You may think you don’t want to rock the boat, so to speak. On the other hand, your livelihood and energy has been taken. Someone should make it right. Kroll and Johnson can help. Call now for a free consultation.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Everyone is familiar with the term “sexual harassment,” but many people don’t know what exactly constitutes this conduct. Some people are under the impression that simply asking out a coworker or paying someone a compliment might get them in trouble. In reality, it takes much more to rise to the level of sexual harassment. If you have been subjected to repeated harassment, a sexual harassment attorney may be able to help you get relief.
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When Exactly Does My Work Day Start?

Some business owners want their employees to be ready in case of a rush. For example, a restraunt owner may want employees to show up 30 minutes before their scheduled time just in case they are needed to work. They may put pressure on their employees to show up and sit around, unpaid, just in case. If they make this a condition for your work then don’t pay you for that time, they are breaking the law. An employee discrimination attorney can fight to get you the money you are owed.
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What is Retaliatory Discharge?

While Oregon employees are considered “at will” unless there is an employment contract, there are certain guidelines employers must follow when it comes to discharging employees. If an employer engages in a retaliatory discharge if they fire an employee engaged in a protected activity. If you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, an employment discrimination lawyer can examine your case free of charge to determine the best course of action.
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Employees Can be Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

In a court ruling that could have ramifications in Oregon, the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that employees could be fired for using marijuana off the clock. In the matter before the court, a quadriplegic was fired from his job at Dish Network due to failing a drug test. The plaintiff argued that he had a medical marijuana card and, because he was legally allowed to use the drug in Colorado, could not be fired for legal behavior off the clock. In a unanimous opinion, the court disagreed with the “legality” of medical marijuana and ruled that the employee could be terminated. As a Portland employment attorney, users of marijuana should be mindful that they could be terminated for this activity.
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What Behavior Constitutes Sexual Harassment?

Some people imagine sexual harassment means that a man propositions a woman and threatens her job if she refuses. They also imagine it might be that a man offers a woman a promotion or additional benefits if she sleeps with him. While this would certainly be sexual harassment, most behavior is much more insidious. Any unwanted sexual contact, suggestive language, or other harassing behavior could fall under sexual harassment.
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Who is Exempt from Overtime Pay?

One of the most frustrating experiences is being denied overtime when an employee feels they are entitled to it. Some people get “promotions” that suddenly require them to work 50 hours for a nominal raise that actually puts more stress on them and their family than it is worth. If these extra ten hours were time and a half, however, the employee would gladly take on the additional hours. So just who is exempt from these laws?
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Fighting Racial Discrimination with a Portland Employment Discrimination Attorney

While society has made great strides in dealing with racism, the sad fact is it still exists in the workplace. It may not be overt as it once was, but there is no doubt it still exists. When it occurs, a Portland Employment Discrimination Attorney can fight to protect your rights. If you feel you have been discriminated at work based on your race, contact Kroll & Johnson for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.
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