Washington Employment Lawyers Association

WELA is composed 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.

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Recent Developments In Employment Law


Attorney Did Not Engage in Protected First Amendment Activity; Jury Verdict Reversed

WELA ALERT: NINTH CIRCUIT Attorney Did Not Engage in Protected First Amendment Activity; Jury Verdict Reversed The plaintiff worked for many years as a civil litigation attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO), and later (briefly) as a direct employee of Maricopa County, defending the county and related entities in civil lawsuits, before again returning to her previous employment at...

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Unwanted Hugging Can Constitute Illegal Sexual Harassment

WELA ALERT: NINTH CIRCUIT Unwanted Hugging Can Constitute Illegal Sexual Harassment Plaintiff was a correctional officer. She claimed the sheriff created a sexually hostile work environment by greeting her with 100 unwanted hugs and one unwelcome kiss over a 12-year period. She claimed he pressed his chest into her breasts. She complained but her employer did not investigate. She also claimed...

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WELA's MISSION

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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Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s member benefits are extremely valuable to those of us who devote a significant part of our practices to employment law.