On June 1, 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017, expanding the current law’s protection against wage disparities among employees. Currently, Oregon prohibits discrimination “between the sexes in the payment of wages for work of comparable character, the performance of which requires comparable skills.” The amended law increases the current law’s scope to prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of a “protected class,” which is defined as “a group of persons distinguished by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or age” in the payment of compensation (wages, salary, bonuses, benefits, fringe benefits, and equity-based compensation) for work of comparable character. Most of the provisions of the Equal Pay Act will become effective January 2019.
Lindsay is an attorney joined the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group in 2014. She represents employers on a variety of matters including discrimination, ADA, FMLA/OFLA and other leave laws, employment benefits, and labor issues. She served as a law clerk at firms in Boston and Portland while earning her law degree, and was a legal intern for the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and the Department of Developmental Services in Boston.