The Washington Law Against Discrimination prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on national origin. Practices that discriminate against immigrants who are legally eligible to work may constitute national origin bias within the meaning of the Law.
The Law covers employers with eight or more employees (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.60.040).
Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate based on national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship of country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The Washington Law Against Discrimination is enforced by the Washington Human Rights Commission. The Commission has the authority to receive, initiate, investigate, and settle discrimination complaints; issue subpoenas, administrative decisions, and regulations; hold hearings; and enforce its decisions and orders in state court.
In addition, persons who think they have been injured by a violation of the Law Against Discrimination may sue privately in state court to enforce their rights under the law.