Washington Employment Lawyers Association

WELA is comprised 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

ADEA Is Not Exclusive Remedy for Public Employee’s Age-Based Retaliation Claim-First Amendment Claim Still Available

WELA ALERT: Case Update Stillwell v. City of Williams, --- F.3d ---- (9th Cir. 8/5/16) (Friedland, Gould, Fernandez) ADEA Does Not Provide Exclusive Remedy for Age-Based Retaliation Claim by Public Employee; First Amendment Claim Still Available Plaintiff became Superintendent of the Water Department of the City of Williams, Arizona (the “City”), in 1991, and he served in that position until his termination in...

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Employer Waives Right to Compel Arbitration by Engaging in Extensive Litigation

WELA ALERT - Case Update Martin v. Yasuda, --- F.3d --- (9th Cir. 7/21/16) (Reinhardt, Wardlaw, and Bennett (N.D. Iowa) Employer Waives Right to Compel Arbitration by Engaging in Extensive Litigation Plaintiffs were students at a cosmetology school. As a condition of enrollment, they had to sign an arbitration agreement under the AAA’s Commercial Rules. In order to graduate, students must perform...

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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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