OREGON: Gag rule challenge thrown out of court
The legal challenge to Oregon’s gag rule (SB 519), which Vigilant reported on back in January, has been dismissed by a federal court on a technicality. Earlier this year, two business groups filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Oregon’s recently enacted law that prohibits employers from taking employment action against employees who refuse to attend mandatory meetings where the employer expresses its views about unions, politics or religion. The court threw the lawsuit out because it was brought prematurely; someone needs to actually be sued for violating the law before the law itself can be challenged in court (Associated Oregon Industries v. Avakian, D Or, May 2010). Vigilant will keep you posted on further legal developments as they occur. In the meantime, contact your Vigilant staff representative for questions about this law.
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