Washington Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Diversity: What you need to know

The Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age (40 years of age or older), sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation (including gender identity), race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, unless a bona fide occupational qualification exception applies (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.44.090, Sec. 49.60.180et seq.). The WLAD covers public employers and private employers with eight or more employees, including employment agencies and labor unions. Nonprofit religious or sectarian organizations are exempt from the law's coverage.
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The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) enforces the WLAD. The WSHRC has a proactive education and training program for employers geared toward eliminating and preventing discrimination, including direct training seminars, publications, and brochures. For further information on training seminars or outreach sessions, contact the WSHRC's Olympia office at 800-233-3247.
Last reviewed September 2015.

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