Chapter 659A Unlawful Discrimination in Employment, Public Accommodations and Real Property Transactions; Administrative and Civil Enforcement

Purpose and Policy

§ 659A.003 Purpose of ORS chapter 659A
§ 659A.004 Short title
§ 659A.006 Declaration of policy against unlawful discrimination
§ 659A.009 Declaration of policy against discrimination in employment because of age
§ 659A.012 State agencies to carry out policy against discrimination in employment
§ 659A.015 Affirmative action reports to include information on contracts to minority businesses

Unlawful Employment Discrimination Because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, National Origin, Marital Status or Age

§ 659A.029 “Because of sex” defined for ORS 659A.030
§ 659A.030 Discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age or expunged juvenile record prohibited
§ 659A.033 Violation of ORS 659A.030 by denying religious leave or prohibiting certain religious observances or practices
§ 659A.036 Short title

Unlawful Employment Discrimination Against Injured Workers

§ 659A.040 Discrimination against worker applying for workers’ compensation benefits prohibited
§ 659A.043 Reinstatement of injured worker to former position
§ 659A.046 Reemployment of injured worker in other available and suitable work
§ 659A.049 Rights of reinstatement and reemployment protected
§ 659A.052 Reemployment rights of injured state workers
§ 659A.060 Definitions for ORS 659A.060 to 659A.069

Unlawful Employment Discrimination and Required Leave Related to Military Service

§ 659A.082 Discrimination against person for service in uniformed service prohibited
§ 659A.086 Employment rights of members of organized militia when called into active state service
§ 659A.088 Violation of ORS 659A.086 as unlawful employment practice
§ 659A.089 Notification to Director of Veterans’ Affairs
§ 659A.090 Definitions for ORS 659A.090 to 659A.099
§ 659A.093 Employer required to provide leave

Unlawful Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities

§ 659A.103 Policy
§ 659A.104 Description of disability for purposes of ORS 659A.103 to 659A.145
§ 659A.106 Employers to whom ORS 659A.112 to 659A.139 apply
§ 659A.109 Discrimination against individual for using procedures in ORS 659A.103 to 659A.145 prohibited
§ 659A.112 Employment discrimination
§ 659A.115 Qualification for position

Unlawful Discrimination and Reasonable

Accommodation Related to Pregnancy

§ 659A.146 Reasonable accommodation
§ 659A.147 Prohibited conduct
§ 659A.148 Employers to whom provisions relating to reasonable accommodation apply

Family Leave

§ 659A.150 Definitions for ORS 659A.150 to 659A.186
§ 659A.153 Covered employers
§ 659A.156 Eligible employees
§ 659A.159 Purposes for which family leave may be taken
§ 659A.162 Length of leave
§ 659A.165 Notice to employer

Leave to Attend Criminal Proceeding

§ 659A.190 Definitions for ORS 659A.190 to 659A.198
§ 659A.192 Leave to attend criminal proceeding
§ 659A.194 Denying leave to employee prohibited
§ 659A.196 Notice to employer
§ 659A.198 Use of paid leave


§ 659A.236 Discrimination for testifying before Legislative Assembly, committee or task force prohibited
§ 659A.199 Prohibited conduct by employer
§ 659A.200 Definitions for ORS 659A.200 to 659A.224
§ 659A.203 Prohibited conduct by public or nonprofit employer
§ 659A.206 Effects of ORS 659A.200 to 659A.224 on employees
§ 659A.209 Effect on public record disclosures

Unlawful Employment Discrimination Relating to Employee Housing

§ 659A.250 Definitions for ORS 659A.250 to 659A.262
§ 659A.253 Restriction of access to employee housing owned or controlled by employer prohibited
§ 659A.256 Regulations by employers concerning use and occupancy of employee housing
§ 659A.259 Eviction from employee housing or discrimination against employee for reporting violations of ORS 659A.250 to 659A.262 prohibited
§ 659A.262 Warrant on behalf of person entitled to access to housing

Protections Because of Domestic Violence, Harassment, Sexual Assault or Stalking

§ 659A.270 Definitions for ORS 659A.270 to 659A.285
§ 659A.272 Employer required to provide leave
§ 659A.275 Undue hardship
§ 659A.277 Denying leave to employee prohibited
§ 659A.279 Required posting of summaries of statutes and rules
§ 659A.280 Notice to employer

Miscellaneous Unlawful Employment Discrimination

§ 659A.300 Requiring breathalyzer, polygraph, psychological stress or brain-wave test or genetic test prohibited
§ 659A.303 Employer prohibited from obtaining, seeking to obtain or using genetic information
§ 659A.306 Requiring employee to pay for medical examination as condition of continued employment prohibited
§ 659A.309 Discrimination solely because of employment of another family member prohibited
§ 659A.312 Leave of absence to donate bone marrow
§ 659A.315 Restricting use of tobacco in nonworking hours prohibited

Workplace Fairness

§ 659A.375 Employer policies relating to prevention of discrimination and sexual assault
§ 659A.370 Employer prohibited from entering into agreements that prevent employee from discussing certain unlawful conduct
§ 659A.380 When severance or separation agreements are voidable by employer

Access to Public Accommodations

§ 659A.400 Place of public accommodation defined
§ 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.411 Definitions for ORS 659A.411 to 659A.415
§ 659A.413 Denial of access prohibited

Unlawful Discrimination in Real Property Transactions

§ 659A.421 Discrimination in selling, renting or leasing real property prohibited
§ 659A.425 Violation based on facially neutral housing policy

Unlawful Discrimination Because of Employment Status

§ 659A.550 Discrimination because of employment status prohibited

Administrative Actions for Unlawful Discrimination

§ 659A.815 Advisory agencies and intergroup-relations councils
§ 659A.820 Complaints
§ 659A.855 Civil penalty for certain complaints filed by commissioner
§ 659A.800 Elimination and prevention of discrimination by Bureau of Labor and Industries
§ 659A.805 Rules for carrying out ORS chapter 659A
§ 659A.810 Willful interference with administration of law and violation of orders of commissioner prohibited

Civil Actions for Unlawful Discrimination

§ 659A.870 Election of remedies
§ 659A.875 Time limitations
§ 659A.880 Ninety-day notice
§ 659A.885 Civil action
§ 659A.890 Civil action for violation of ORS 659A.865


§ 659A.990 Penalties


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/­ors/­ors659A.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020). Currency Information