What is the Law Regarding Employment in Washington?
Employment law refers to the body of laws in Washington that govern employees, employers, and independent contractors. Hiring procedures, wage disputes, and termination are some issues that are controlled by these laws. Employers and employees in Washington should have an understanding of the employment laws.
"At-Will" vs. Contract Employment Terms
"At-will" employment is the most common form of employment, but in some cases there may be an employment contract guaranteeing payments for six months to a year. "At-will" employers or employees may terminate the employment at any given time, if the reasons are not illegal. Laws of both the state and federal government determine which employment terms are valid and enforceable should there be a contract between the Washington employee and employer.
Anti-Discrimination laws in Washington
Laws which make discrimination illegal at all stages of employment including hiring, wages, and termination policies, all apply to Washington citizens. Washington residents must follow laws which prohibit employer discrimination against members of various classes. These classes include age, gender, race, religion, disability, and national origin.
Employment discrimination claims are often heard by an administrative agency like the EEOC. Additionally, some attorneys are specialists in the discrimination field.