ORS 659A.845¹
Formal charges

(1) If the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries issues a finding of substantial evidence under ORS 659A.835 (Investigation) and the matter cannot be settled through conference, conciliation and persuasion, or if the commissioner determines that the interest of justice requires that a hearing be held without first seeking settlement, the commissioner shall prepare formal charges. Formal charges must contain all information required for a notice under ORS 183.415 (Notice of right to hearing) and must specify the allegations of the complaint to which the respondent will be required to make response. Formal charges shall also set the time and place for hearing the formal charges.

(2)(a) The commissioner shall serve the formal charges on all respondents found to have engaged in the unlawful practice.

(b) If the formal charges allege a violation of ORS 659A.145 (Discrimination against person 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 commissioner shall serve on the named respondents and complainants the formal charges and a notice of the right of the respondents and complainants under ORS 659A.870 (Election of remedies) to opt for a court trial instead of a hearing under ORS 659A.850 (Hearing). [2001 c.621 §7; 2007 c.903 §9]

Note: See second note under 659A.003 (Purpose of ORS chapter 659A).

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (ORS 659.060)

Commissioner had authority to decide whether charges of general racial discrimina­tion beyond scope of particular employe's original complaint were proper. School District No. 1 v. Nilsen, 262 Or 559, 499 P2d 1309 (1972)

Law Review Cita­tions

26 WLR 394-395 (1990)

Notes of Decisions

Termina­tion of employ­ment in retalia­tion for invoking Oregon Family Leave Act rights constitutes wrongful discharge in viola­tion of public policy. Yeager v. Providence Health System Oregon, 195 Or App 134, 96 P3d 862 (2004), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 659A—Unlawful Discrimination in Employment, Public Accommodations and Real Property Transactions; Administrative and Civil Enforcement, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors659A.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 659A, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­659aano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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