What is the Law Regarding Employment in Washington?
Employment law in Washington governs relationships between employer and employees, and independent contractors. These laws cover issues in employment such as hiring, workplace disputes, and terminations A basic understanding of Washington employment laws is required for both the employee and their employer.
"At-Will" vs. Contract Employment Terms
Employment is usually considered to be "at-will", although at times the employer and employee may have an employment contract preventing termination before it expires. "At-will" employment means that either the employer or the employee can terminate the position at any given time, even without a specific reason, so long as the termination does not violate the law 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
Discrimination is illegal at any stage of employment such as hiring policies, wage distribution, and terminations, according to laws which apply to residents of Washington. 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.