Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Duality in Washington’s Law against Discrimination

December 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Karen Sutherland and Tara Parker

The Washington Law against Discrimination (WLAD)1 protects people from discrimination and harassment in several contexts, including employment, places of public accommodation, real estate transactions, credit transactions, insurance transactions and transactions with health maintenance organizations.2

The scope of the right to be free from sexual harassment in a place of public accommodation was recently addressed by the Court of Appeals in Floeting v. Group Health Cooperative.3 The Floeting case provides an excellent opportunity, given the Court of Appeals’ findings, to compare and contrast the rights of employees under the WLAD with the rights of individuals who interact with employees of businesses and...

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