The Oregonian has published a list of sexual harassment cases filed with the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) between 2008 and 2013. What's notable is the sheer volume of case where concluded that there was "No Substantial Evidence." For many workers trying to self advocate these statistics can be discouraging. Don't be discouraged. Talk to a lawyer about your case.
It depends. How many people does your employer have on the books? Where is your employer located?
Oregon Paid Sick Leave law went into effect on January 1, 2016. Before we had a statewide law, Portland and Eugene enacted their own city laws or ordinances that gave workers paid sick leave. Today, the statewide law applies to all cities and counties, including Portland and Eugene. Employees can accrue 40 hours of sick time each year.
Not every worker gets paid while they are out on sick leave. This law makes a distinction between employers based on size.
Not paying qualified sick time is wage theft. Speak with an attorney and learn more about your rights under the law.
Maybe. Many workers face discrimination and hostility at work. It may be a good idea to keep a journal or diary of what has happened to you at work. It can be helpful to write down and save information about what people said and did. Just know that if a law suit is filed in your case this journal must be provided to your employer.
A good journal has:
1) Dated entries: each time you sit down to write you include the date, month, and year.
2) Names: individuals are identified by first and last name.
3) Quotes: if you remember exactly what the person has said you include that statements in "quotes."
4) Details: information about location, time of day, the event itself. Detailed description can be helpful in verifying facts and testimony in court.
Yes, but only if you "voluntarily left work with good cause." The Oregon Supreme Court discusses this issue in McDowell v. Employment Department.
For a voluntary quit, the focus is on whether the claimant left work with good cause. Under OAR 471-030-0038(4), "[g]ood cause for voluntarily leaving work under ORS 657.176(2)(c) is such that a reasonable and prudent person of normal sensitivity, exercising ordinary common sense, would leave work. * * * [F]or all individuals, the reason must be of such gravity that the individual has no reasonable alternative but to leave work." Thus, good cause under the rule is an objective standard that asks whether a "reasonable and prudent person" would consider the situation so grave that he or she had no reasonable alternative to quitting.
You should contact an attorney and speak with them about your decision to quit.