Washington State Law Prohibits
Discrimination in Employment
The law prohibits unfair employment practices
based on the following protected classes:
• Age (40 years of age and older)
• Honorably discharged veteran or military status
• HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C status
• Retaliation for filing a whistleblower complaint
with the state auditor
• National Origin
• Marital status
• Retaliation for filing a nursing home abuse
• Pregnancy or maternity
• Sexual orientation or gender identity
• Retaliation for opposing an unfair practice
• Use of a service animal by a person
with a disability
AN EMPLOYER OF EIGHT (8) OR MORE EMPLOYEES MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF A
PROTECTED CLASS. FOR EXAMPLE, AN EMPLOYER CANNOT:
• Refuse to hire you or discharge you from employment.
• Discriminate in compensation of other terms or conditions of employment.
• Print, circulate, or use any discriminatory statement, advertisement, publication, job application form.
• Make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that is discriminatory.
LABOR UNIONS MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF A PROTECTED CLASS.
FOR EXAMPLE, A LABOR UNION CANNOT:
• Deny membership or membership rights and privileges.
• Expel from membership.
• Failing to represent a person in the collective bargaining unit.
EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF A PROTECTED CLASS. FOR
EXAMPLE, AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY MAY NOT
• Discriminate in classification or referrals for employment.
• Print or circulate any discriminatory statement, advertisement, or publication.
• Use discriminatory employment application forms, or inquiries made in connection with prospective employment.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST PLEASE CONTACT THE
WASHINGTON STATE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
1-800-233-3247 Voice or 1-800-300-7525 TTY