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Involuntary Terminations: Washington

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

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

Author: Michael C. Jacobson, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • Washington state courts employ a specific definition of just cause as it pertains to express or implied contractual relationships, requiring employers to demonstrate a specific type of proof in order to substantiate terminations for cause. See Termination for Cause.
  • Washington state law includes substantial protection for certain employees who "blow the whistle" by reporting conduct by their employers, in good faith, or by identifying rules in need of review or otherwise providing information to a state rules committee. See Whistleblower Protections.