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

Settlement: EEOC v. Kaiser Aluminum

Court: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Judge: Stanley A. Bastian Date of Settlement or Verdict: 10/24/2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $175,000 ($125,000 in back pay and $50,000 in compensatory damages). Reinstatement to position of Production Worker with retroactive seniority and full union benefits. Basic Facts and Claims: Kaiser withdrew its job offer after applicant's medical records revealed...

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Decision: Jin Zhu v. North Central Educational Service District – ESD 171

Thursday, November 09, 2017 Today the Washington Supreme court issued a decision in Jin Zhu v. North Central Educational Service District- ESD 171, No. 94029-9. Court holds employers who refuse to hire an employee who opposed discrimination in a prior job may be sued for retaliation. In this case, Plaintiff made a race discrimination and retaliation suit against his prior employer which...

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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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