As a civil rights attorney, Christina is passionate about protecting the rights of workers, fighting against discrimination in the workplace, and ensuring equity for all Oregonians. Christina has worked for economic justice by helping shape the policies for Fair Scheduling; Enforcement of Health and Safety Laws; and Expanded Workplace Fairness Rights. At BOLI, Christina will work to make sure the rights enacted by the legislature are fully enforced.
A small business owner herself, Christina knows that business owners are deeply invested in the health and wellbeing of our community. Christina also knows that businesses that don't play by the rules shouldn't have a competitive advantage in this state; that is why she has worked to level the playing field for responsible businesses. As in-house counsel for a local company and later as a special advisor imbedded in a national technology company, Christina has experience advising businesses on compliance with Oregon labor laws. At BOLI, Christina will continue to invest in the technical assistance Oregon businesses need to stay compliant with Oregon laws.
As a caretaker to a dying parent and as a mother who went back to work too soon after the birth of her son, Christina has worked to ensure that Oregonians have access to bereavement and family leave. Christina was a leader in the effort to bring Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance to Oregon so that workers would have the time they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones. These efforts culminated in the passage of the most progressive paid family leave bill in the country in 2019. As future Labor Commissioner, Christina is committed to ensuring that workers can access this leave without retaliation.
Through her volunteer efforts, Christina works with elected officials on policies that not only expand abortion access, but ensure that every person in Oregon has access to the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare. In her work as an attorney, Christina has stood up for working women by fighting against discrimination in the workplace and working for pay equity in some of the largest corporations in the U.S. At BOLI, Christina will continue to work to protect the rights of women. In addition, Christina will elevate the role of apprenticeships to help Oregon train providers in critical health services, particularly in rural areas, so that we can expand access to healthcare in our state.
Christina believes strongly that we must take immediate and bold action to combat the effects of climate change to protect our planet today and for generations to come. Christina will work to ensure that BOLI's actions align with our climate goals. This includes reducing waste, making climate-sensitive procurement decisions, and investing in sustainable infrastructure. She will also elevate apprenticeships that will be a key part of our transition to a climate-resilient economy.
LGBTQ Oregonians experience discrimination in many places, including the workplace. Christina understands the unique risks and challenges that LGBTQ Oregonians face at work, including not being allowed to use the restroom that aligns with their gender, being harassed or fired because of gender identity or sexual orientation, and not being addressed by the correct name or pronouns. Your employer should never discriminate against you because of your gender or sexual identity, and it is illegal if they do. As Labor Commissioner, Christina will protect queer and trans workers by helping LGBTQ workers know their rights; enforcing non-discrimination laws; and making sure that employers follow the rules.