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

WA SCT to Whether Employer Has Duty To Ensure Meal and Rest Breaks Are Taken

WELA ALERT: WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT In a putative meal break class action, the district court ruled that WAC 296-126-092 only requires employers provide a meaningful opportunity for breaks to employees who choose to take them. The district court then certified the issue to the Washington Supreme Court. Brady v. AutoZone (certified 9/6/16)

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No Attorney-Client Privilege between Corporation and Former Employee

WELA ALERT:  WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT Attorney-Client Privilege Does Not Extend to Communications between Corporation and Former Employee The plaintiff suffered a brain injury during a high school football game. He filed a lawsuit against the school district three years later. School district counsel interviewed several former coaches and appeared on behalf of the coaches at their depositions. Plaintiff’s counsel moved to...

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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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