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


Verdict: Irene Riggs v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc.

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Full Case Name: Irene Riggs v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc., 2:17-cv-0342-TOR Judge: Thomas O. Rice, Eastern District of WA Date Filed: September 9, 2016 Date of Verdict: November 1, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Decision: $1,533,932 Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff, an executive in Sandpoint, ID, complained to her supervisor and to HR regarding...

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Settlement: EEOC v. Kaiser Aluminum

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Judge: Stanley A. Bastian, Eastern District of WA Date of Settlement: October 24, 2017 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $175,000 ($125,000 in back pay an d$50,000 in compensatory damages). Reinstatement to position of Production Worker with retroactive seniority and full union benefits. Basic Facts and Claims: Kaiser withdrew its job offer after applicant's...

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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.