PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge has upheld the new Oregon workplace meetings law prohibiting employers from firing workers who refuse to attend meetings to discuss politics, religious matters or union organizing.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Friday the judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian arguing the law is unconstitutional.

The Oregon Legislature approved the law last year and it went into effect this year.

The complaint was filed by Associated Oregon Industries and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The judge ruled they could not show they had been injured by the law.

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