The Portland City Code, chapter 23.01, currently prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income.
However, an amendment recently approved by the Portland City Council, which will take effect on March 29, 2019, will consider non-religious, atheists, agnostics, and non-believers as a recognized protected class.
Portland is not the first city to make this change. Madison, Wisconsin, has also designated non-believers as a protected class.
Once the ordinance goes into effect, employees will be able to file complaints with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, against employers who make adverse employment decisions, based on an applicant’s or employee’s non-belief in God. Continue reading NEW LAW: Portland, Oregon Defends “Non-Believers”