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...
Seattle's thriving tech hub has earned it the reputation as a sort of Silicon Valley of the Pacific Northwest in recent years, owing in large part to the growth of cloud computing. Startups and tech giants alike have flocked to the Seattle area to scoop up talent churning out of the creator and mo...
About two years after launching an initiative to eliminate "no-poach" agreements that franchise operators have used to restrict worker wages and mobility in Washington state, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office has succeeded in that effort. In a report released Tuesday, Ferguson said mi...
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...
Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation on June 1 that requires app-based delivery companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Doordash to provide sick pay to workers amid the city’s declared COVID-19 emergency. Designed to protect a group of essential workers who otherwise wouldn’t ...
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...
Workers in Yakima County’s apple industry are exploring a range of options to secure hazard pay, increased safety assurances and other protections enjoyed by many essential workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. In early May, hundreds of employees went on strike from from at ...
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...
After several weeks of government-mandated business closures and social restrictions, the coronavirus conversation is starting to shift to a new phase: how to reopen the economy amid the legal uncertainties surrounding worker protections. One of the central questions state officials are debating in...