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Employment and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination

Established in 1949, the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) enforces the Washington State Law Against Discrimination.

What is the WSHRC’s statutory authority?

RCW Chapter 49.60 is a State law that protects all people in Washington from unfair and discriminatory practices in employment, real estate transactions, public accommodations, credit, insurance, as well as health care whistleblower, and state employee whistleblower complaints.

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Discrimination Type

Age Discrimination

Disability Discrimination

Equal Pay/Compensation Discrimination

Genetic Information Discrimination

National Origin Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination

Race/Color Discrimination

Religious Discrimination


Sex-Based Discrimination

Sexual Harassment













Employers are encouraged to seek a broad pool of applicants through recruitment efforts. It is permissible to use advertisements that contain nonexclusionary recruitment phrases, such as:

"Equal opportunity employer."

 "We encourage workforce diversity."

WAC 162-16-290