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

WELA Alert: Termination of Officer Based on Off-Duty Extramarital Affair with Another Officer Violated Employee’s Constitutional Right to Privacy

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit On January 4, 2012, Janelle Perez was hired by Chief Daniel Hahn to serve as a police officer in the Roseville Police Department. A few months into her probationary term, Perez and a fellow officer, Officer Shad Begley ("Begley") began a romantic relationship. Both Perez and Begley were separated from, although still...

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Verdict: Zachrisson & Lincoln v. Port of Seattle – $16,097,342

Court: King County Superior Court Judge: Catherine Shaffer Date of Settlement or Verdict:  November 30, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $16,097,342 jury verdict. High/Low Settlement: $8,000,000. Jury verdicts: Zachrisson - Economic Damages: $153,543. Non-Economic Damages: $7,046,700; Lincoln - Economic Damages: $251,030. Non-Economic Damages: $8,646,069. Basic Facts and Claims: Whistleblower retaliation claim brought by two Seatac Airport employees who refused to extend restaurant leases violating...

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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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