Updated April 20, 2018
Federal and state law prohibit Washington employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics, such as race or religion. (To learn more, see our page on employment discrimination and harassment.)
In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:
In addition, Washington state law also prohibits discrimination based on:
Federal antidiscrimination laws apply to Illinois employers with 15 or more employees, with the following exceptions:
Washington's antidiscrimination law applies to employers with eight or more employees, except for the gender-based wage discrimination law, which applies to all employers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Washington. (See our article on filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC.)
The Human Rights Commission enforces state antidiscrimination law in Washington. You can contact the Human Rights Commission at 206-464-6500 or 800-233-3247.