Sunday, November 27, 2022

Pacific University requests hearing to contest potential BOLI fine - Oregon Public Broadcasting

BOLI’s intent to assess Pacific for up to $843k in fines is based on complaints from former employees

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries last month sent Pacific University a notice of its intent to assess the university for up to $843,000 in fines due to complaints from former employees. The university is contesting that decision.

The private university based in Forest Grove on Nov. 14 requested a hearing from the labor bureau to state its case.

The BOLI case against Pacific is based on complaints from seven former employees who say they were not given their full personnel files as required by state law. Some of those employees say they were forced out of the university due to what they claim were bogus investigations, and they say some documents within those personnel files could help prove that.

In its letter to BOLI, Pacific said it believes that the state agency has been “misled” by the former employees’ attorney, Robin DesCamp, and that BOLI is also “overstepping its authority and jurisdiction.”

The university has stated that it has turned over all of the personnel files it’s able to provide.

Pacific has said it can’t release some parts of the former employees’ personnel files due to barriers like student privacy — for example, if those files contain any student complaints — and attorney-client privilege; Pacific has said some documents should be exempt because they include protected discussions such as correspondence between the university and its in-house...

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