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.


Recent Developments In Employment Law

Warren Besco v. City of Longview; No. C15-5493-RJB

Court: U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington at Tacoma Judge: Robert J. Bryan Date Filed: 07/16/2015 Date of Settlement or Verdict: Verdict 11/14/2016; Settlement 12/29/2016 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: judgment - $651,206.08 attorney fees - $166,087.50; expenses allowed - $31,094.23 (total attorney fees and expenses = $197.181.73) costs granted = $8,114.78 Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff was 30 year employee of city...

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Decision: State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers, SCT No. 91615-2 (2017)

Yesterday the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision in State of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers, SCT No. 91615-2. Plaintiffs are a gay couple seeking to buy a floral arrangement from Arlene's Flowers for their wedding.  Arlene's Flowers denied their request based upon their alleged strongly held religious beliefs, and based upon their assertion that floral arrangements are a form of...

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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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