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Filing a Wage and Hour Complaint
Wage and Hour Laws
BOLI's Wage and Hour Division accepts complaints that are filed within 180 days of the date on which the alleged violation first occured - if you feel that your employer has violated wage and hour laws, you may file a complaint with the Portland Office of the Bureau of Labor and Industries´ Wage and Hour Division.
Complaints may involve any of the following:
  • Child labor issues, such as working too many hours or too late, working during school hours.
  • Break and meal periods, such as no breaks or meal periods given, no relief during a meal period, or no compensation during break periods.
  • Deductions from paychecks including incorrect deductions, deductions for breakage or till shortages, or deductions not properly listed on the pay stub.
  • Final paycheck problems such as the final paycheck is not received in a timely manner or not received at all.
  • Other examples such as no pay stubs included with paychecks or irregular pay periods.

If your complaint is for unpaidwages, do not file a complaint. Instead, you need to complete and submit a Wage Claim Form

Complaints regarding Portland's Sick Time Ordinance or Oregon's sick leave law are processed separately from complaints regarding general wage and hour violations. Please visit our pages on the Oregon sick leave law or Portland's Sick Time Ordinance for more information and the appropriate complaint form.

You may submit a complaint by

  1. Filling out and submitting our online form in English or Spanish or   or  
  2. Downloading and filling out the PDF of our complaint form in English or Spanish and then mailing it to:

Bureau of Labor and Industries
Wage and Hour Division
800 NE Oregon Street #1045
Portland, OR 97232

If your complaint involves a claim for unpaid wages, you must also complete and mail a Wage Claim Form to the bureau´s Wage and Hour Division office nearest you. Please do not fax
The Wage and Hour Division will send a letter advising your employer of the alleged violation(s).

The letter includes a warning to the employer to comply with state regulations regarding alleged violations.

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