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What does wrongful termination mean in Oregon?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Employment Law |

No matter the reason for the termination, being fired hurts. It hurts your pride, and it hurts your wallet. Though, if you were let go, you may have options, if it was wrongful termination. However, it is essential to differentiate between an unfair and illegal firing because not all unfair terminations are unlawful. But, what does wrongful termination mean?

What does wrongful termination mean in Oregon?

In our state, wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired in violation of state or federal laws. This encompasses dismissals based on discrimination, retaliation or breach of contract.

Legal safeguards against wrongful termination

Oregon law offers strong protections to employees against wrongful termination. It prohibits firing employees for discriminatory reasons such as age, race, gender or religion, as well as for exercising their legal rights, such as voting or serving on a jury.

Steps to take following wrongful termination

Should you suspect wrongful termination, it is imperative to take prompt action. First, thoroughly document all aspects of your termination. Document everything, and retain all your evidence, like emails, employee handbooks, telephone logs, etc. Get witness contact information, and writing out a description immediately describing what happened can be helpful as well. Even if something was stated verbally, often, following up with an email or text reiterating what was said in a conversation can serve as powerful evidence later at trial.


Navigating the intricacies of wrongful termination claims can be daunting. However, there are numerous resources catering to wrongfully terminated employees in Oregon, including state and federal agencies, like the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and the EEOC, that can provide support and guidance.



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