2007 ORS § 659A.003¹
Purpose of ORS chapter 659A

The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the fullest utilization of the available workforce by removing arbitrary standards of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, national origin or age as a barrier to employment of the inhabitants of this state, and to ensure the human dignity of all people within this state and protect their health, safety and morals from the consequences of intergroup hostility, tensions and practices of unlawful discrimination of any kind based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, marital status, national origin or familial status. To accomplish this purpose, the Legislative Assembly intends by this chapter to provide:

(1) A program of public education calculated to eliminate attitudes upon which practices of unlawful discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, disability, marital status, national origin or familial status are based.

(2) An adequate remedy for persons aggrieved by certain acts of unlawful discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, disability, marital status, national origin or familial status, or unreasonable acts of discrimination in employment based upon age.

(3) An adequate administrative machinery for the orderly resolution of complaints of unlawful discrimination through a procedure involving investigation, conference, conciliation and persuasion, to encourage the use in good faith of such machinery by all parties to a complaint of unlawful discrimination and to discourage unilateral action that makes moot the outcome of final administrative or judicial determination on the merits of such a complaint. [Formerly 659.022; 2005 c.22 §467; 2007 c.903 §1]

Note: The amendments to 659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A) by section 2, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, are the subject of a referendum petition that may be filed with the Secretary of State not later than September 26, 2007. If the referendum petition is filed with the required number of signatures of electors, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, will be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the regular general election held on November 4, 2008. If approved by the people at the general election, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, takes effect December 4, 2008. If the referendum petition is not filed with the Secretary of State or does not contain the required number of signatures of electors, the amendments to 659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A) by section 2, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, take effect January 1, 2008. 659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A), as amended by section 2, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, and including amendments by section 1a, chapter 903, Oregon Laws 2007, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A). The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the fullest utilization of the available workforce by removing arbitrary standards of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age or disability as a barrier to employment of the inhabitants of this state, and to ensure the human dignity of all people within this state and protect their health, safety and morals from the consequences of intergroup hostility, tensions and practices of unlawful discrimination of any kind based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or familial status. To accomplish this purpose, the Legislative Assembly intends by this chapter to provide:

(1) A program of public education calculated to eliminate attitudes upon which practices of unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or familial status are based.

(2) An adequate remedy for persons aggrieved by certain acts of unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability or familial status, or unreasonable acts of discrimination in employment based upon age.

(3) An adequate administrative machinery for the orderly resolution of complaints of unlawful discrimination through a procedure involving investigation, conference, conciliation and persuasion, to encourage the use in good faith of the machinery by all parties to a complaint of unlawful discrimination and to discourage unilateral action that makes moot the outcome of final administrative or judicial determination on the merits of the complaint.

Note: Section 16, chapter 903, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 16. The amendments to ORS 90.390 (Discrimination against tenant or applicant), 659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A), 659A.006 (Declaration of policy against unlawful discrimination), 659A.145 (Discrimination against person with disability in real property transactions prohibited), 659A.421 (Discrimination in selling, renting or leasing real property prohibited), 659A.805 (Rules for carrying out ORS chapter 659A), 659A.820 (Complaints), 659A.830 (Authority of commissioner), 659A.835 (Investigation), 659A.845 (Formal charges), 659A.850 (Hearing), 659A.855 (Civil penalty for certain complaints filed by commissioner), 659A.870 (Election of remedies) and 659A.885 (Civil action) by sections 1 to 14 of this 2007 Act and the repeal of ORS 659A.424 by sections 15 and 15a of this 2007 Act apply to conduct occurring on or after the effective date of this 2007 Act [January 1, 2008]. [2007 c.903 §16]

Note: Chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, is the subject of a referendum petition that may be filed with the Secretary of State not later than September 26, 2007. If the referendum petition is filed with the required number of signatures of electors, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, will be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the regular general election held on November 4, 2008. If approved by the people at the general election, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, takes effect December 4, 2008. If the referendum petition is not filed with the Secretary of State or does not contain the required number of signatures of electors, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, takes effect January 1, 2008. Section 42, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, as amended by section 17, chapter 903, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 42. The amendments to ORS 10.030 (Eligibility for jury service), 20.107 (Attorney and expert witness fees and other costs on claim of unlawful discrimination), 30.860 (Action for trade discrimination), 93.270 (Certain discriminatory restrictions in conveyancing instruments prohibited), 109.035 (Security required before foreign travel with child), 166.155 (Intimidation in the second degree), 166.165 (Intimidation in the first degree), 174.100 (Definitions), 179.750 (Equal care and services for persons in state institutions), 192.630 (Meetings of governing body to be open to public), 240.306 (Recruitment, selection and promotion of state employees), 338.125 (Student admissions), 353.100 (Applicability of laws to university), 418.648 (Rights of foster parents), 418.925 ("Refugee child" defined), 421.352 (Applicability of certain statutes to Oregon Corrections Enterprises), 430.550 (Discrimination prohibited), 443.739 (Rights of residents), 458.505 (Community action agency network as delivery system for federal antipoverty programs), 659.850 (Discrimination in education prohibited), 659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A), 659A.006 (Declaration of policy against unlawful discrimination), 659A.030 (Discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status or age prohibited), 659A.403 (Discrimination in place of public accommodation prohibited), 659A.406 (Aiding or abetting certain discrimination prohibited), 659A.409 (Notice that discrimination will be made in place of public accommodation prohibited), 659A.421 (Discrimination in selling, renting or leasing real property prohibited), 659A.805 (Rules for carrying out ORS chapter 659A), 659A.815 (Advisory agencies and intergroup-relations councils), 659A.885 (Civil action), 660.139 (Applicant indentured to family business or current employer) and 744.353 (Prohibitions on finder's fee, solicitations, discrimination) by sections 1 to 31, 33 and 34, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, and the repeal of ORS 236.380 (State officials not to forbid personnel actions based on sexual orientation) by section 32, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, may be cited as the Oregon Equality Act. [2007 c.100 §42; 2007 c.903 §17]