Portland, OR asked in Employment Law for Oregon

Q: Is a text message considered written notice in Oregon if the recipient acknowledged and responded to the message?

Didnt get paid 1/20/23. I've had several conversations via text with my boss (owner of company) about it.

He randomly fires me on 1/23/23 via text. I've text him several times about him still owing me money. He refuses to respond. I know he is still using same phone because my friend still works for him and has confirmed he is still using that number and is choosing to ignore me.

Here it is quoted...

"...The civil penalty may not exceed 100% of the unpaid wages if the employer pays the wages due within twelve days after written notice of nonpayment is sent to the employer..."

I'm hoping that because he had acknowledged and responded directly to my numerous texts (about him owing me money) that it will satisfy the "written notice" requirement.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Yes, a text message works for the written notice required in a final paycheck. Just make sure your text has the content required.

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