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Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Harassment Victims in the Workplace

Local 24-Hour Crisis LineNational Resource Numbers
Portland: 503-235-5333Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
Statewide: 888-235-5333Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673


Oregon law provides substantial protections for employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment:
  • Employees who are victims are entitled to protection from job discrimination based on their status as a victim;
  • Employers must provide reasonable workplace safety accommodations for employees who are victims;
  • Some employees who are victims are entitled to reasonable leave from work to address safety–related matters.
It is against the law for any employer to:
  • Refuse to hire an otherwise qualified individual because the individual is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment;
  • Threaten to or discharge, demote, suspend, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate with regard to promotion, compensation, conditions, or privileges of employment because an employee is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment.
All employers must provide employees a reasonable workplace safety accommodation in response to actual or threatened domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment.
Safety accommodations may include:
  • Transfer
  • Reassignment
  • Modified schedule
  • Changed work station or phone number
  • Other  measures to address safety
Oregon law requires some employers to provide eligible employees with reasonable leave from work to address safety matters related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment:
  • Employers who had, this year or last year, at least six employees during 20 or more workweeks per year must comply with this law.
  • Employees who worked, on average, more than 25 hours a week during the last six months, are eligible for leave.  Leave may be taken by the victim, by a parent or guardian of a victim, or by any other person who has suffered related harm.
  • Leave from work must be provided to eligible employees to attend to safety-related matters.  Advance notice of the leave should be provided when possible, or as soon thereafter as is practicable.  Leave is not required to be paid, but employees may use accrued paid leave. 

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Informational brochure on workplace DVSAS issues
Workplace DVSAS Poster

Victim Support Resources

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Domestic Violence Service Providers
Legal Aid Services
Court Access and Other Legal Information - Oregon Judicial Dept.
Crime Victims Assistance Program - Oregon DOJ