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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Human Rights Commission is deeply saddened by the passing of civil rights champion, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and expresses condolences to her family and friends.  Justice Ginsburg spent her life, right up until the end, fighting for equal rights and justice for everyone in our country.  In her early years, she raised her young family and nursed a sick husband, while being scolded for taking a spot at Harvard Law School that “should” have gone to a man.   She graduated first in her law school class, then became the first female professor at Columbia to earn tenure.  She also directed the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s. In this position, she led the fight against gender discrimination and successfully argued six landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, advocating for equal rights for men and women.  As a Justice, she continued to fight for civil rights.   She was a decisive vote in many important 5-4 decisions, and is also famous for her... more

Due to furloughs, our office will be closed the following days

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Due to furloughs, our office will be closed the following days:

Thursday, July 2nd
Monday, July 6th 
Friday, July 17th 
Monday, July 20th 

The Human Rights Commission is proud to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision during Pride Month.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbidding discrimination in employment does protect LGBTQ employees from unfair workplace actions, including termination. 

The Human Rights Commission is proud to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision during Pride Month.   Although Washingtonians have had the legal right to fair and equal treatment in employment in Washington since 2006, and have been able to file discrimination cases with the Human Rights Commission since that time, this is an historic decision.  The decision represents a critical moral victory for LGBTQ people everywhere, and certainly a legal victory for people who live in states that lack state law protections.  This decision also affirms the right of LGBTQ people to be heard in federal courts on matters of employment discrimination. 

The Court’s decision is also important as it serves to repudiate the current administration’s erosion of the civil rights of transgender people, and of civil rights of the American people in... more

The Washington State Human Rights Commission expresses extreme sadness

Monday, June 1, 2020

Statement from Management:

The Washington State Human Rights Commission expresses extreme sadness and profound anger at the cruel death, of yet another Black body in the United States of America, George Floyd, killed at the hands of the police.  The actions of the police officers is indefensible and they must be held accountable.

The protests by Washingtonians and people throughout the world demonstrates how deeply people are hurting and the level of collective frustration felt at this moment.

Systemic discrimination and oppression will no longer be tolerated. We remain committed to opposing discrimination in all of its forms. ... more

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 


It takes all of us

Friday, March 6, 2020

It takes all of us to reduce stigma during disease outbreaks

Co-authored by Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman and Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa


Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, March 2, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.


Substance Use Disorder

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Excluding Individuals who take Medications for Opioid Use Disorder from Healthcare, Housing, Employment, or Other Services May Be Discriminatory


Substance Use Disorder & Poster (ENGLISH)

Substance Use Disorder & Poster (SPANISH)


Office of Equity Task Force Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Community Forum on Oct 20, 2019 - English & Spanish Flyer

Community Forum on Oct 20, 2019 - Agenda

Public Meeting on Oct 21, 2019 - Agenda