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Poorly Drafted Handbook Policy Could Affect At-Will Discharge

February 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Andrew Kinstler

Employment-related claims are increasingly common. Instead of going to trial, many of the parties involved in these cases are using mediation to resolve employment-related disputes. A recent Washington Supreme Court case related to employment issues provides an example of how pending and future employment cases might be analyzed in Washington:

On October 19, the Washington Supreme Court published its opinion in the matter of Mikkelsen v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County. In Mikkelsen, the female plaintiff sued her former employer (a utility district) for wrongful discharge based on gender and age discrimination, and failure to follow the progressive-discipline policy....

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