2013 ORS § 659A.870¹
Election of remedies

(1) Except as provided in this section, the filing of a civil action by a person in circuit court pursuant to ORS 659A.885 (Civil action), or in federal district court under applicable federal law, waives the right of the person to file a complaint with the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries under ORS 659A.820 (Complaints) with respect to the matters alleged in the civil action.

(2) The filing of a complaint under ORS 659A.820 (Complaints) is not a condition precedent to the filing of any civil action.

(3) If a person files a civil action alleging an unlawful practice under ORS 659A.145 (Discrimination against individual with disability in real property transactions prohibited) or 659A.421 (Discrimination in selling, renting or leasing real property prohibited) or discrimination under federal housing law, the filing does not constitute an election of remedies or a waiver of the right of the person to file a complaint with the commissioner under ORS 659A.820 (Complaints), but the commissioner shall dismiss the complaint upon the commencement of a trial in the civil action.

(4)(a) The filing of a complaint under ORS 659A.820 (Complaints) by a person alleging an unlawful practice under ORS 659A.145 (Discrimination against individual with disability in real property transactions prohibited) or 659A.421 (Discrimination in selling, renting or leasing real property prohibited) or discrimination under federal housing law does not constitute an election of remedies or a waiver of the right of the person to file a civil action with respect to the same matters, but a civil action may not be filed after a hearing officer has commenced a hearing on the record under this chapter with respect to the allegations of the complaint.

(b) A respondent or complainant named in a complaint filed under ORS 659A.820 (Complaints) or 659A.825 (Complaints filed by Attorney General or commissioner) alleging an unlawful practice under ORS 659A.145 (Discrimination against individual with disability in real property transactions prohibited) or 659A.421 (Discrimination in selling, renting or leasing real property prohibited) or discrimination under federal housing law may elect to have the matter heard in circuit court under ORS 659A.885 (Civil action). The election must be made in writing and received by the commissioner within 20 days after service of formal charges under ORS 659A.845 (Formal charges). If the respondent or the complainant makes the election, the commissioner shall pursue the matter in court on behalf of the complainant at no cost to the complainant.

(c) If the Attorney General or the commissioner files a complaint under ORS 659A.825 (Complaints filed by Attorney General or commissioner), the Attorney General or the commissioner may elect to have the matter heard in circuit court under ORS 659A.885 (Civil action).

(d) If the respondent, the complainant, the Attorney General or the commissioner do not elect to have the matter heard in circuit court, the commissioner may conduct a hearing on the formal charges under ORS 659A.850 (Hearing).

(5) A person who has filed a complaint under ORS 659A.820 (Complaints) need not receive a 90-day notice under ORS 659A.880 (Ninety-day notice) before commencing a civil action that is based on the same matters alleged in the complaint filed with the commissioner.

(6) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4) of this section, this section does not limit or alter in any way the authority or power of the commissioner, or limit or alter in any way any of the rights of an individual complainant, until and unless the complainant commences a civil action. [2001 c.621 §12; 2007 c.903 §12; 2008 c.36 §13]