Washington Employment Lawyers Association

WELA is comprised of attorneys, law professors, paralegals and law students devoted to the promotion of employee rights. WELA works to promote and increase public awareness of the rights of individual employees; enhance the quality of legal representation of employees; advocate for employee rights before courts and legislative bodies; and assist and support members in their practice of plaintiffs’ employment law.


Recent Developments In Employment Law

WELA Files Amicus Brief in Cooper v. Alsco

WELA filed an amicus brief with the Washington Supreme Court today in Cooper v. Alsco, a class action on behalf of Route Sales Representatives for unpaid overtime.  WELA urges the Court to affirm the trial court’s rulings finding the class members are not exempt from overtime under the “retail and service establishment” exemption and that in order to calculate...

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WELA Files Amicus Brief in Blackburn v. State of Washington

March 21, 2016 Today WELA filed an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court urging the Court to reverse a judgment after bench trial against employees of Western Washington State Hospital.  They claim racial discrimination and a hostile work environment in violation of the WLAD, RCW 49.60 et seq. They allege that management at the hospital made a facially racial classification...

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WELA’s mission is to enforce and advance employee rights, in recognition that employment with dignity and fairness is fundamental to the quality of life. We do this by promoting and increasing public awareness of the rights of individual employees…


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