The total number of charges of discrimination against employers throughout Washington state is on the rise. This is partly linked to the fact that the Seattle, Bellevue, Everett and Tacoma metro areas have some of the fastest growing job markets in the nation. The professional and service sectors are rapidly growing, according to projections from the Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD).
This growth is considered a strong indicator of the overall economy because jobs that fall in that sector are actually used in many other industries. Professional and business services do work that’s contracted by other businesses, ranging from computer design services to architectural and engineering services, landscaping and janitorial services. In both 2016 and 2017, analysts declared Seattle one of the “hottest job markets” in the country in terms of hiring. If those trends continue, all signs point to continued promise for job seekers in our region in the coming years.
But increased job growth and turnover means that hiring and firing decisions are often pushed down to lower-level managers and human resources professionals. Unfortunately, some corporate decision-makers don’t play fair. They withhold offers based on race, pregnancy, age, or disability, offer less pay than a new employee deserves, or treat workers unfairly. Every day in Washington state, employers discriminate, sometimes unknowingly, against employees and potential employees. And the practice is not confined to small businesses – even the fortune 100 companies within Washington make mistakes.
The major types of discrimination and similar violations that occur in Washington state include:
- Race discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Injury and workers’ compensation claims discrimination
- Discrimination based on national original
- Religious discrimination
- Discrimination based on skin color
- Age discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Violations of the Equal Pay Act
- Genetic discrimination (violation of Title II of GINA)
Our trial attorneys have won large awards for clients who have been discriminated against by an employer, either before or after they were hired. We regularly file lawsuits based on violations of federal laws against discrimination, and Washington state laws, including the Washington Law Against Discrimination. We also file and manage claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you are the victim of discrimination by your employer or a prospective employer, call us to find out how we can help. You have nothing to lose – we’ll assess whether you have a case for free, and there are no obligations to use our services.