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  • Oregon's Civil Rights Division
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    The state Civil Rights Division (CRD), part of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, is tasked with defending the rights of all Oregonians to equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations and career schools. The investigators, managers and support staff that make up CRD are a crucial part of BOLI's mission: to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities, and protect access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.

    If you believe that you have been illegally discriminated against on the basis of a protected class or protected activity, contact CRD immediately by phone (971-673-0764) or email (crdemail@boli.state.or.us). Timelines vary depending on the type and basis of a complaint, but it's always better to act sooner to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

    You can learn more about BOLI's enforcement process using the links to the left, or click here for a comprehensive list of protected classes and activities.
    Effective, May 16, 2016 the Civil Rights Division will rescind its requirement that complaints filed by persons alleging violations of laws under the jurisdiction of the Division be notarized: 

    While the division had a longtime practice of requiring notarization for most complaints, the applicable statute and rules do not require that a complainant’s signature be notarized. In recent conversations with the Oregon Law Center, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other interested parties, the division has heard compelling descriptions of the difficulty and expense for agricultural workers, those who live in isolated rural communities, as well other vulnerable workers with limited resources, to access notaries of the public.

    In order to remove this barrier to rights and protections enforced by the division, the division will replace notarization with the following declaration above the signature line on complaint charges:

    “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury, that the above statement is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and that I understand it is made for use as evidence in an official proceeding.
    I understand that the above statement is a public record and that the information herein may be disclosed to any person, at any time.”
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In the News
Commissioner Avakian stopped by the offices of Portland's Skanner Newsgroup to talk about the importance of civil rights and how BOLI is working hard to fight employment and housing-based discrimination.

Commissioner Avakian has pledged that a commitment to civil rights will remain front and center for BOLI during these tough times, and that a major focus of BOLIs work is job training for under-represented communities, making sure that Oregons employment market provides everyone with living wage jobs in future industries.