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Oregon's Protected Classes


"Protected class" means a group of people protected by law from unlawful discrimination on the basis of a shared characteristic, such as race, gender, disability, or perception of that characteristic.

It is the policy of the State of Oregon that unlawful discrimination on the basis of Oregon's protected classes is a matter of state concern, and that such discrimination threatens individual rights and privileges and menaces the institutions and foundations of a free democratic state. (OAR 839.005)

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Oregon's Protected Classes Include:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Sex (includes pregnancy)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Age
  • Marital status

For further information, please contact Karin Moscon