Employment Litigation

Tonkon Torp has developed a Field Guide to help employers understand and implement the Emergency Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the "Rule"). The Rule, which went into effect on November 16, 2020, places requirements on all workplaces in the State of Oregon, with extremely narrow exceptions. Please fill out this form if you would like to learn more or purchase a copy of the Field Guide.

When a workplace dispute escalates, we help employers get the problem resolved. Whether settling out of court or through successful representation at trial or on appeal, our attorneys are experienced with defending employment claims before all levels of federal and state courts or agencies.

Our experience includes working on the following kinds of issues:

  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Retaliation and whistleblowing claims
  • Wage and hour claims, including class actions
  • Disability discrimination and accommodation
  • Family and medical leave claims
  • Wrongful termination and related tort and contract claims
  • Employment contracts
  • Pension and employee benefits
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and enforcement of non-competition agreements

Tonkon Torp Secures Complete Victory – and Wins Attorneys’ Fees – in Employment Litigation Matter for Sunshine Retirement Living

In a very rare decision by a federal court, Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison won attorneys’ fees for the defense in a case alleging state and federal discrimination and retaliation claims. Morrison, along with local counsel from Troutman Pepper’s Atlanta office, defended Sunshine Retirement Living in the case brought by a former employee, before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Fashion House Dooney & Bourke Wins with Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp trial attorneys Scott Seidman and Colin Geiger were victorious in defending Dooney & Bourke, Inc., in a wage claims trial in the U. S. District Court in Portland. Find details and more featured cases here.

Update on Proposed Oregon Legislation – What Employers Need to Know

For this second installment in our legislative update series we have a status report on the employment-related bills discussed in our previous alert, as well as a survey of the bills that have since been introduced related to the employment arena.
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What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which became law on March 11, 2021, extends the incentive to employers to provide paid time away from work for COVID-related reasons.
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What the 2021 Oregon Legislature Has in Store for Employment Law

The Oregon Legislature has now begun to meet for the 2021 Regular Session. We want to make you aware of a number of interesting bills which could impact the employment arena.
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A Far-Flung Workforce is the Post-COVID New Normal

In less than a year, Covid-19 changed nearly everything across the globe. And one of its major impacts was the definition of workplace. In March, the coronavirus pandemic sent U.S. employers scrambling to keep their businesses afloat and their…
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An Employer's Dilemma: To Mandate (or Not) the COVID-19 Vaccine?

During a year in need of some brightness, December brought some great news: after emergency Food and Drug Administration approvals, first Pfizer and then Moderna shipped COVID-19 vaccines to locations throughout the United States, kicking off a mass…
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EEOC Issues Guidance on Employer-Mandated Vaccines

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Oregon and in states across the nation. In Oregon, Governor Brown has prioritized front-line health care workers and nursing home residents for receiving the first round of vaccines, but it is a…
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Oregon OSHA Temporary Rule for Exceptional Risk Workplaces

We recently published an article about the Temporary Rule Oregon OSHA issued for workplaces in the State of Oregon. That article covered the provisions of the Rule applicable to all workplaces in the State of Oregon. The Rule also has provisions…
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Oregon OSHA Finalizes Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19

On November 6, 2020, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OR-OSHA) adopted the Temporary Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the Rule) aimed at addressing the effects of the pandemic on the workplace. Unless otherwise indicated, the Rule’s provisions…
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Oregon OSHA Set to Finalize Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19

On October 23, 2020, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Or-OSHA) issued its fourth draft of the Temporary Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the Rule) aimed at addressing the effects of the pandemic on the workplace. The comment period for this…
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Don’t Forget to Update Your Anti-Discrimination Policies: Oregon Workplace Fairness Act Goes into Effect October 1, 2020

Although it may be the understatement of the century, a lot has happened in Oregon in 2020. An employer could be forgiven for overlooking that SB 726 – the Workplace Fairness Act (WFA) – goes into effect on October 1, 2020, nearly 16 months after it…
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How to Implement OR-OSHA's COVID-19 Rule

Join our Labor & Employment group on November 10 at 10:00 AM as we discuss OR-OSHA's Temporary COVID-19 Rule. OR-OSHA intends to adopt the Rule this week and, when adopted, many of its provisions will take effect 10 days after adoption. The Rule will…
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Coffee Break Series: Preparing to Reopen

Tonkon Torp's Coffee Break educational series for employers continues with a new batch of webinars. Each discussion will include a Q&A session with attendees. Join us for this informative series and be prepared for the next stage of our new normal.
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Labor and Employment: Coffee Break Series

Tonkon Torp has launched a Coffee Break educational series for employers and we hope you can join us. The series will focus on the challenges employers will face as they reopen their business.
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Webinar - FAQs for Employers in the COVID-19 Reality

On Friday, April 10, at 12:00 PM, Blerina Kotori and Clay Creps of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group will address Frequently Asked Questions in a webinar moderated by business attorney Sherrill Corbett.
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Tonkon Torp's Annual Employment Law Update

Tonkon Torp's Annual Employment Law Update presentation
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Roycroft Appointed to OSB Constitutional Law Section Executive Committee

Attorney Erin Roycroft was appointed to the OSB Constitutional Law Section Executive Committee in February 2021.
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Clay Creps Looks at COVID Employment Considerations for Law Firm Alliance

On February 10, Tonkon Torp partner Clay Creps was a featured panelist for an event hosted by the Law Firm Alliance, an international network of mid-sized law firms.
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Employees Getting Political? Clay Creps Talks Political Speech in the Workplace

Protests in response to political developments and racial injustice remain an active element in cities across the country. Tonkon Torp partner Clay Creps was recently interviewed by the Portland Business Journal about political speech in the…
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Tonkon Torp Litigators Share Expertise in Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation Publication

Tonkon Torp litigators have contributed their expertise to a new treatise on civil litigation practice, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation.
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Haley Morrison Provides L&E Update on ORLA Podcast

Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison was a featured guest on Boiled Down, a podcast hosted by the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA). Haley and Anne Hasenstab from Ward Insurance joined ORLA's Greg Astley and Lori Little for a wide-ranging…
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Labor & Employment Attorneys Brief Employers on New OSHA COVID-19 Rules

Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group have delivered a series of alerts and webinars to help employers navigate the newly released OSHA COVID-19 Rule. The Rule was adopted on November 6 and went into effect on November 16…
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Employer Field Guide for Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule – Available Now!

Tonkon Torp has developed a Field Guide to help employers understand and implement the Emergency Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the "Rule"). The Rule, which went into effect on November 16, 2020, places requirements on all workplaces in the State of…
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U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication Ranks 37 Tonkon Torp Practice Areas for 2021

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2021 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for five business law categories and is top-ranked in the metropolitan Portland market in 37 practice areas.
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Erin Roycroft Joins Tonkon Torp from Oregon Court of Appeals

Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes Erin Roycroft to the firm as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group. Roycroft joins the firm from the Oregon Court of Appeals, where she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Scott Shorr for two years.
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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more…
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