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Important Notice Regarding Vaccine Mandates:
Any person who wishes to file a complaint related to the Governor’s vaccine mandate and reasonable accommodations for state employee and contractors, health care and long term care workers, EMTs and paramedics, and education employees, please be advised that the Human Rights Commission will not be accepting these cases for intake or investigations.
In addition, we do not have jurisdiction over any employees who are subject to a federal vaccine mandate.
If you work for another type of employer who has imposed a vaccine mandate, you should be aware that the Human Rights Commission will be unable to take any action to prevent you from being laid off/terminated. We have a case backlog of several months, and will be unable to investigate your situation in time to prevent a layoff.
If you wish to pursue your issue with a different administrative agency, for complaints against employers in Seattle call the Seattle Office of Civil Rights at 206-684-4500 or Seattle Office for Civil Rights - CivilRights | seattle.gov, for complaints against unincorporated King County employers contact the King County Civil Rights Program at 206-263-2446 or Civil Rights Program - King County, or for Tacoma employers contact the Tacoma Human Rights Commission at 253-591-5045 or Human Rights - City of Tacoma, or contact the EEOC at 1-800-669-4000 or visit their website at www.eeoc.gov . You can also contact your union, a private employment law attorney or a legal aid agency.
If you are seeking information on a disability related or religious exemption from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Human Rights Commission DOES NOT process, assist with, or approve these requests, nor do we provide the paperwork or forms to make such requests. If you believe that you qualify for an exemption, contact your Human Resources Department.
Q and A About Face Coverings and the Washington Law Against Discrimination During the COVID-19 Pandemic: (PDF)
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Washington State Human Rights Commission will be closed to the public until further notice. You can still access some services by using our online forms and emailing them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling our office at 1-800-233-3247 during regular business hours. Please note: Normal turnaround times will be significantly delayed in processing the mail we receive. If your matter is time sensitive, please call our office immediately.
Debido al crisis del COVID-19, la Comisión estará cerrado al público temporalmente . Toda vía puede acceder algunos servicios utilizando nuestros formularios que se encuentran en nuestro sitio de web, y enviarlos por correo electrónico al email@example.com. También puede llamar nuestra oficina al 1-800-233-3247. Por favor tome en cuenta que puede durar más tiempo en el procesamiento del correo que recibimos. Si su asunto es urgente, llame a nuestra oficina de inmediato.
- Fair Housing Rights for Protected Classes adversely impacted by COVID 19 (English)
- Maron ko ikijen ejellok kalijeklok ilo imōn jokwe ñan jejjetin armij ro emōj kejbaroki kin an lab aer jelōt jen COVID 19 (Marshallese)
- Derechos de Vivienda Justa para clases protegidas afectadas negativamente por Covid-19 (Español)
COVID19 Utility Assistance - Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission: https://www.utc.wa.gov/CovidHelp
COVID-19 Safety Resources for Workplaces: https://lni.wa.gov/agency/_docs/COVID19WorkplaceSafetyResources.pdf
Recursos sobre seguridad de COVID-19 en el trabajo: http://enespanol.lni.wa.gov/Spanish/Safety/files/COVID19WorkplaceSafetyResourcesSpanish.pdf
Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): (PDF)
General information on Washington's COVID-19 response: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
EEOC Guidance: ADA and Vaccinations: https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-re...
Questions about Labor & Industries issues: https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19-r...
Questions about unemployment and other issues for affected workers and businesses: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19
Complaints about evictions in violation of the Governor’s moratorium on certain residential evictions during the COVID-19 public health emergency: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm...
Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites: http://nwadacenter.org/factsheet/accessibility-drive-thru-medical-sites
Resources for blind and low vision individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.blindcovid.com/
Farmworker resources for COVID-19: http://www.ourvalleyourfuture.org/
The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.
Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination at work, in housing, in a public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance. Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination with the WSHRC.
A discrimination charge in employment, public accommodation, credit and insurance must be filed with WSHRC within six months, from the date of the alleged violation, in order to protect your rights. A discrimination charge in housing must be filed with the WSHRC within one year from the date of the alleged violation.
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