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Discrimination in the workplace

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Employment Discrimination

Discrimination in the hiring, firing, or the terms and conditions of employment may be illegal if it is based on:

Gender
Age (over 40)
Disability including use of service animal
Race or color
National Origin
Creed
Marital Status
Sexual Orientation
Pregnancy
Honorably Discharged Veteran or Military Status

The employment discrimination in the workplace laws apply to many employers. Both the federal and state governments have set up agencies to investigate and try and resolve charges of employment discrimination. The federal agency is known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC.

Any charge of employment discrimination under federal law must first be brought to the EEOC or its state counterpart, the Washington State Human Rights Commission. Generally, a charge of employment discrimination must be brought within a short time after the act of employment discrimination. After the agency has had the opportunity to investigate or resolve the charge of employment discrimination, a lawsuit may then be filed.

Notice: The information presented on this Web site is neither formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney client relationship. You should consult with an attorney for advice regarding individual legal issues.