Washington National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin, including the national origin of an individual's ancestors (WA Rev. Stat. Sec. 49.60.010 et seq.). The WLAD covers public employers and private employers with eight or more employees. Under the WLAD, it is an unfair practice for any employer to:
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• Refuse to hire any person because of national origin, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Discharge or bar any person from employment because of national origin.
• Discriminate against any person in compensation or in other terms or conditions of employment because of national origin.
• Print or circulate any statement, advertisement, or publication, or to use any form of application for employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to national origin, unless based upon a BFOQ.
• Make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to national origin, unless based upon a BFOQ.
• Discharge or otherwise discriminate against any person because he or she has opposed any practices forbidden by the WLAD or because he or she has filed a charge, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under the WLAD.
• Aid, encourage, or incite the commission of any unfair practice or to attempt to obstruct or prevent any other person from complying with the provisions of the WLAD.
It is permissible to hire an individual on the basis of national origin because of a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the employer's business (e.g., hiring actors to portray individuals of a certain national ...

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