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. Taylor Shellfish Company Inc

Court: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Judge: Richard A. Jones, Western District of WA Date Filed: September 28, 2016 Date of Settlement or Verdict: Consent Decree Approved July 31, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $160,000 plus a consent decree requiring Taylor to implement other relief Basic Facts and Claims: According to EEOC's suit, a black maintenance mechanic at...

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WELA files amicus brief in Zhu v. North Cent. Educ. Dist. No. 171, addressing retaliation at a prospective employer for claim with former employer

On July 26, 2017, WELA filed an Amicus Curiae brief in the Supreme Court of Washington in Zhu v. North Cent. Educ. Dist. No. 171, No. 94209-9.  In this case, Plaintiff made a race discrimination and retaliation suit against his prior employer, which settled, and was later applied for employment with the defendant, which knew about the prior race...

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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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