Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Good morning. Have you been threatened with termination? Wasn't your report kept confidential by the Board?
Oh, sorry, I see the "already tried" portion of your message now.Whistleblowers such as yourself are usually protected by law from retaliation. It sounds from the "team player" comments that perhaps mgmt felt you should have reported to them before going to the state.Is that possible?
Ordinarily, yes, but give me a little time to research Oregon law and make sure. I'll be back.
Oh wait - I can't see it right now, but do you work for a public or private employer? Sorry, at the moment I can't see what you wrote above.
Good news - you're protected regardless of whether you're public or private:
This is a pretty good summary, including (at the bottom) what your potential rememdies are.
Start keeping a journal. Write down a chronological list of everything you can remember to date (date and sentence description) and sign and date the date you start this.
Keep track. Please do this at home, not at work, and do NOT mention its existence to anyone other than a spouse.
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Standing by. Otherwise, please be so kind as to click on "accept."
You can hire anyone familiar with this area in the law, as long as he or she is licensed in Oregon. Sometimes it's possible to arrange for a phone or Skype appointment, even a paid one, by paying by credit card or check in advance. Gas is expensive.
I can't give out names of individuals attorneys, but can give you links to organizations where you are more likely to find someone. I'd look for someone with at least five years solid employment law experience.
Don't actually HIRE an attorney without first checking references. And don't try to pick the attorney's brain on the phone. Schedule an appointment and visit the office, like you would for a doctor! (Or psychologist).
I can't find a link, but there is an association of employment attorneys in Oregon, too. You can probably find it through nela.org
Keep in mind that just because someone joins one of these organizations doesn't mean they're any good. It's very important to check references, and ask questions such as "does the attorney procrastinate?" "Have understandable agreements and invoices?" "Return phone calls?" Etc. (Besides an understanding of the law, of course.You can ask me followup questions even after you accept. I'll be here. :)
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