In July, we posted about the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act, which can be read here. The Act includes new rules for when employers can require non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in connection with harassment and discrimination, and an extended statute of limitations for certain harassment/discrimination claims.
While many requirements of the Act do not start until October 1, 2020, Oregon employers should be aware that the statute of limitations has already been extended for some types of discrimination claims. Employees alleging discrimination, retaliation, and harassment based on various protected classes under Oregon law now have five years instead of one year in which to file a claim. The new statute of limitations applies to conduct occurring on or after September 29, 2019.