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

Automobile Service Advisors Do Not Fall Within an FLSA Exemption

WELA ALERT: WASHINGTON COURT OF APPEALS Automobile Service Advisors Do Not Fall Within an FLSA Exemption Plaintiffs are services advisors at Mercedes-Benz dealers. They filed a class-action for unpaid overtime. The district court held they fell within the FLSA exemption applicable to “any salesman, partsman, or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles.” The Ninth Circuit reversed based on deference...

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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…


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.