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Employer Liability: Washington

Employer Liability requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan Borowski


  • Washington statutes guarantee private employees the right to unionize, and employers may not interfere with these rights. See Private Employers.
  • Employers may have liability for officers or agents under certain circumstances. See Liability for Officers or Agents.
  • The statute lists unlawful practices by employers and the penalties for engaging in them. See Unlawful Practices.
  • The Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act governs labor relations for local governments. See Public Employers.
  • The statute lists unfair labor practices by public employers and the penalties for committing them. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • There is a similar law governing state employees. See State Employees.