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Employment Law

SLS can assist with simple employment issues that do not involve Portland State University or other Portland State students. If we are not able to assist you, we may be able to provide a referral to a private attorney who can.

Common issues in this area include:

Wage claims;

Unemployment claims;

Discrimination claims (race, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation);

Sexual harassment claims;

Medical leave issues; and

Workplace safety issues.

SLS does not assist with worker's compensation claims, but may be able to provide an appropriate referral.

SLS advises all students to:

Maintain a detailed calendar of your work hours;

Keep copies of all your pay stubs;

Document all non-routine or unusual encounters with supervisors or other employers;

Keep a journal of any harassing or discriminatory actions; and 

Read any contract for employment carefully prior to signing.

Resources Online

        New Sick Leave Ordinance

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Background Checks and the Fair Debt Reporting Act::


              Back to the Future - Background checks presentation.pdf

Unemployment claims and student status:

                       Article - Unemployment Insurance.pdf

Unemployment Claim Filing Information

Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Issues That Could Affect Benefits
Payment Options:  Electronic Deposit or ReliaCard Visa
Filing a Claim From Another State
Frequently Asked Questions

If you are an eligible PSU student and have questions about an employment matter, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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