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.

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Recent Developments In Employment Law


Family Care Act Allows Employee to Use Disability Plan to Care for Family Member Where Employer Does Not Provide Sick Leave

WELA ALERT: WASHINGTON COURT OF APPEALS Family Care Act Allows Employee to Use Disability Plan to Care for Family Member Where Employer Does Not Provide Sick Leave The employer in this case did not provide paid sick leave. When employees are ill they may receive paid leave through a short-term disability (“STD”) plan. Employees also receive two paid personal days and...

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District Court Improperly Granted Employer Summary Judgment on Retaliation, Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims

WELA ALERT: NINTH CIRCUIT District Court Improperly Granted Employer Summary Judgment on Retaliation, Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims Plaintiff was born in Mexico and moved to the United States several decades ago at age 15.  He became a United States citizen in 1981.  From 2004 to 2010, Efrain worked as a millwright at Roseburg, where he performed his job well...

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WELA's MISSION

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…

MEMBER BENEFITS

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.