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Tuesday, April 10, is especially important this year: We can celebrate the one year anniversary of the Oregon Fair Pay Act, which was passed by our Oregon Legislature during the 2017 Legislative Session. But I’ll bet not everybody knows what it says — and I’ll bet that includes employers and employees who should be covered by this new law.

For instance, did you know that:

• an employer cannot compensate an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status? In other words, equal pay for equal work!

• an employer cannot ask a potential new hire about wage/salary history until after a job offer has been made that includes the amount of compensation? In other words, your pay from a previous job is none of their business!

• an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against an employee for asking for equal pay? In other words, you can’t be fired for insisting your employer follows the law!

There are other provisions in the Oregon Fair Pay Act and it is critical that employers know about and follow this law. And it is critical that employees and those seeking employment know about and insist the law be followed!

Edie Orner

Albany

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