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

Decision: Karstetter v. King County Corrections Guild

The Washington State Supreme Court issued a decision in Karstetter v. King County Correction Guild on Friday July 18, 2019 protecting the right of in-house counsel to bring breach of contract claims and wrongful discharge claims.  The decision also extends protected activity to those who assist in whistleblower investigations, and reinforces the limited application of the Peritt model. The King...

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Decision: Taylor v. BNSF Railroad

The Washington Supreme Court held on July 11, 2019 in Taylor v. BNSF Railroad Holdings Inc., in answer to a certified question from the Ninth Circuit, that obesity always qualifies as an impairment under the Washington Law against Discrimination (“WLAD”).  Judge Robart had dismissed the case because Taylor could not prove either his obesity was caused by an independent...

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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…


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.