Zero-tolerance policies on workplace discrimination are being put to the test as #BlackLivesMatter protests demand action against systemic racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, Boeing alerted law enforcement and launched an internal investigation at ...
A Washington law passed last year raised hopes among minority and marginalized populations whose access to public resources has withered since affirmative action was banned in the state in 1998. But before the law went into effect and reintroduced diversity goals into public education, employment...
In a landmark ruling on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that gay and transgender workers are protected from workplace discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision hinged on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, rel...
In recent weeks, state and federal courts have seen a growing number of lawsuits from workers alleging they were fired for raising COVID-19-related health and safety concerns including a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The complaints, also being filed with the Occupational Safety and...
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the U.S. in March, federal and state governments intervened with emergency measures to shore up company balance sheets and provide temporary benefits to employees being laid off and furloughed. Now, as businesses contemplate reopening, some of those workers ar...
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has added job protections for vulnerable employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a proclamation signed Monday, Inslee outlines new protections to "high-risk" workers who are more susceptible to severe illness or death from COVID-19: people over 65 and peo...
The steady stream of state and federal safety guidelines to halt the spread of coronavirus is leading to the renegotiation of the employee-employer relationship. Workers deemed “essential” – such as first responders, delivery drivers and grocery store checkers – have suddenly become, well, ...
It should come as no surprise that harassment and discrimination in the workplace are illegal. But reporting the unwanted treatment, let alone hiring a lawyer to fight back, can be emotionally exhausting and puts your career at risk. In the worst-case scenario, a superior who’s doing the harassing...
With 18 deaths and more than 135 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state as of Sunday afternoon, state officials and business leaders are scrambling to contain the spread of the disease without grinding the economy to a halt. For workers, that means a dizzying set of new and perhaps confl...
Disability discrimination often isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. Especially for mental disabilities that aren’t well understood. But ignorance of a disability and the laws protecting disabled employees is no defense for firing someone, as a recent federal lawsuit involving Bellingha...