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WLAD – Same-Sex Marriage

In February 2017, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that a flower-shop owner’s refusal to provide flowers for the wedding of a gay couple violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). The couple, Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll, decided to marry after the Washington legislature legalized gay marriage in 2012. The couple had been long-time customers […]

Health Start Law

In May 2017, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the Healthy Starts Act into law. This law provides a number of protections and support for pregnant women—not only in terms of health care, but also in the employment realm. The law requires workplaces with fifteen or more workers to provide accommodation to pregnant employees, and prohibits […]

Employment Gender Studies July 26, 2017

Gender Pay Gap

For the third year in a row, the Washington State legislature is attempting to pass legislation to close the pay gap between women and men. House Bill 1506 would require employers to have job-related reasons for differences in pay and career opportunities for men and women. It would also help uncover pay disparities between women […]

Employment Family July 25, 2017

Family Leave Act

On July 5, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed a law that will provide paid family leave to eligible workers. Beginning in 2020, eligible workers will be able to take up to 12 weeks off for paid family leave. The paid leave can be used for an employee’s own serious health condition, for the birth or […]

Family Leave & Disability Plan

In January 2017, Division One of the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington ruled that employees can use a company’s short-term disability policy to receive benefits when missing work to care for sick family members. In the case of Honeycutt v. Department of Labor & Industries, two employees of Phillips 66 wanted to […]

Dog Bites July 23, 2017

Dog Bites and the One Free Bite Rule

We represent dog bite victims all over Washington State. Many dog bite victims know or are familiar with the dog that attacks them, it’s often a dog they’ve encountered before. In these cases, the bite is generally a shock to the victim and owner because the dog had likely never been aggressive or tried to […]

Distracted Driving

Deaths from distracted driving have been on the rise nationwide and in Washington state. In the U.S., distracted driving caused 3,477 traffic deaths in 2015, a 9 percent increase from the year before, and “a deadly epidemic,” according to the National Safety Council (NSC). In Washington. distracted-driving deaths jumped from 130 in 2014 to 171 […]

Daycare Liability Insurance Requirements

We represent children that have been injured at daycares and child care centers throughout the State of Washington. Too often children are injured due to the negligent supervision of those we entrust to care for our children. We see injuries due to improper or negligent supervision, physical or sexual abuse, playground injuries, and a host […]

My Own Car Accident – A Personal Injury Attorney’s Perspective

In a somewhat ironic twist, I was rear-ended recently while driving home from work. I was stopped at a red light when without warning I felt someone slam into the rear of my car. Like most people who we represent, I was initially shocked and was not exactly sure what had happened.I did not hear […]

uninsured drivers

Car Accident April 19, 2017

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Most people know it is incredibly important that drivers have Uninsured Motorist coverage on their car insurance policies. Despite Washington law requiring all drivers to have car insurance, there are still far too many uninsured drivers on our roads. If you happen to get into a car accident with an uninsured driver, there is likely […]

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