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Discrimination

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 […]

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Discrimination April 18, 2017

WA Legislature Attempting to Close the Wage 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 […]

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Discrimination April 12, 2017

WA Supreme Court Rules Florist Violated WLAD

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 […]

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