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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit
Against Oregon Mandatory Meetings Law

May 11, 2010, 4:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal judge May 6 dismissed a lawsuit against a new Oregon law that protects workers who decline to attend mandatory employer meetings (Assoc. Oregon Indus. v. Avakian).

Judge Michael Mosman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon dismissed the case saying that it was premature to rule on the merits of the case when no harm had yet been shown .

The law at issue is a 2009 measure (S.B. 519) passed last year prohibiting employers from disciplining or threatening to discipline employees who decline to attend meetings to communicate the employer’s views ...