Being able to retain your job is crucial. Without it you are left with no means to support yourself or your family. Because of this, when problems arise in the workplace, it can be devastating and the stress caused can be tremendous. It’s important to understand your rights.

Many employment laws were enacted to protect workers. The practice of Employment Law includes claims relating to discrimination, sexual harassment, wages, whistleblower protection, retaliation and wrongful termination. The state of Washington is what is called an “at will” employment state. What that means is that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, as long as that reason is not prohibited by law. We offer a free initial consult to discuss your case. During that meeting we can let you know if your employer’s conduct might be unlawful and if you have a claim.

State and federal laws protect employees against discrimination based upon race/color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation/gender, disability and pregnancy.  The laws also provide protections against sexual harassment.

Both state and federal laws also provide employees protections when employees complain about safety issues or other violations of the law. These types of claims are generally referred to as whistleblower claims.  You may have a whistleblower claim if you reported to your employer unlawful misconduct occuring in the workplace and suffered an adverse employment action as a result of the report.

Washington law also provides protections when an employee’s actions may not fit a specific category listed above but the termination of an employee violates public policy. These are broadly referred to as wrongful termination claims.

Finally, the laws also protect employees from retaliation for raising complaints of discrimination or violations of other laws.

These are the primary areas in which an employee may have a claim against an employer but are not exclusive.  In order to determine if your employer’s actions are wrongful and you have a claim, schedule an appointment today.

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