CIVIL RIGHTS AND Employment discrimination

Payne protects the rights of those who have experienced discrimination in various settings, including housing, higher education, employment, public accommodations, by the government, or by healthcare providers.  She prosecutes claims under civil rights statutes, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, and Oregon law.   She fights for the equal rights and dignity of all Oregonians. You may have a valid legal claim if you are experiencing discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on a protected class or activity. Protected classes or activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender

  • Race

  • Age

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity

  • Religion

  • Disability/Perceived Disability

  • Injured on the job

  • Using the workers' compensation system

  • Using or asking about medical leave or bereavement leave

  • Pregnancy

  • Marital Status

  • Familial status

  • Domestic violence/assault/stalking victim

  • Whistle-blowers

  • Uniformed services (veterans)

  • Using or asking about military leave

  • Associating with a person in a protected class


Payne's background and experience working with individuals with disabilities makes her uniquely situated as an effective legal advocate in the field of disability rights.  She represents clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, intellectual or cognitive impairments, trauma-related disorders, and/or physical impairments in the fields of employment discrimination, public accommodations, and housing discrimination.  Payne has the experience as an advocate to assist such clients in seeking accommodations or other equal treatment under the law.

Areas of Practice:

  • Discrimination by Public Accommodations (restaurants, hotels, movie theaters)

  • Companion and Service Animals 

  • Employment Discrimination based on Disability or Perceived Disability

  • Discrimination in Higher Education (Universities and Colleges)

  • Requests for Reasonable Accommodations in Employment, Housing, and Higher Education

  • Denial of Equal Services by the Government

  • Failure to Provide Effective Communication in Government Services (such as an ASL interpreter)

  • Housing Discrimination based on Disability

Payne’s firm is located at an ADA Accessible location.  If you have questions about accessibility or require any specific accommodations, please contact the firm.

lgbtq discrimination

Payne is dedicated to advancing the rights of the LGBTQIA2 community through legal advocacy. Title VII protects individuals in the workplace from discrimination based on sex, which includes the failure to conform to gender expectations. Oregon law expressly protects individuals from discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Payne represents and advises transgender, gender-fluid, and non-binary clients regarding workplace issues surrounding transition, discrimination, harassment, pronoun use, and restroom access and accommodations.


Payne is an experienced attorney in representing individuals in housing discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act and Oregon law.  She has secured one of the largest settlements in Oregon in the area of housing discrimination based on disability.  Payne practices in the following areas under the Fair Housing Act:

  • Discrimination claims on the basis of a protected class (race, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, source of income, etc.) 

  • Discriminatory financing

  • Discriminatory zoning practices

  • Construction and design

  • Discriminatory advertising 

  • Reasonable accommodations

  • Companion animals