Is workplace harassment unlawful?
Workplace harassment itself is not unlawful. It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you based on a protected characteristic or activity (visit our Employment Discrimination page). However, if the harassment is not connected to a protected characteristic or activity, it is not unlawful.
Do I need to disclose my pregnancy or disability at a job interview?
No. In fact, you should not disclose a pregnancy or disability at your job interview.
Should I bother to put in for intermittent Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave?
Yes. If you need periodic time off for doctor's appointments, to care for a sick family member, or for other medical reasons, you should request FMLA leave even if your employer is nice about the time you have to take off or you haven't had any issues yet.
If I am being discriminated against or sexually harassed, how should I mention it to a supervisor of HR?
Not before talking to me first.
Should I quit my job?
No. Unless your physical safety is being threatened or your doctor has told you (in writing) that for the sake of your health you must quit your job, call us before you decide to quit your job. If you are experiencing discrimination or retaliation and you quit your job, the employer is off the hook and you have voluntarily given up any right to your legal claim.
What should I do if my question was not answered here?
Call us at (206) 447-1560 or fill out our Online Employment Law Questionnaire below.
Is it unlawful for my employer to fire me due to false accusations?
Not necessarily. Because Washington State law says that employment is "at-will," your employer can fire you at any time for a bad reason (a lie). If, however, your employer fires you using false accusations to cover up discrimination of a protected characteristic or activity (see our Employment Discrimination page), you may still have a claim.