When it comes to workplace discrimination, the rules couldn’t be simpler. Indeed, Washington state law forbids employers from discriminating on the basis of age, race, sex, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, disability and military status. Furthermore, employment agencies may not discriminate in classification or referrals, nor can they use discriminatory application forms.
In Washington, you can either file a discrimination claim with the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) or the the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These agencies have a “work-sharing agreement,” meaning that the agencies work together when processing claims. Keep in mind that you should always notify an experienced employment attorney as soon as you feel your rights have been violated.
Under state law, discrimination complaints must be signed within six months of the date of the alleged incident. Therefore, if you you believe you have suffered workplace discrimination for any of the reasons listed above, it’s important that you be as proactive as possible in seeking a resolution. If you decide to wait, you may end up losing your chance to file a claim.