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Discrimination: Washington

Discrimination requirements for other states

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

Author: Valarie S. Zeeck, Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP


  • The Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) is broader and more favorable to employees than federal antidiscrimination laws and prohibits discrimination against a number of protected classes. See Washington Law Against Discrimination.
  • Washington has a broad equal pay law, which includes wage disclosure and salary history restrictions. See Equal Pay.
  • Washington extends specific employment protections to individuals who are breastfeeding or lactating. See Lactation/Breastfeeding Protections and Accommodations.
  • Washington provides employment discrimination protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. See Domestic Violence Victims.
  • Localities including Seattle and Spokane have requirements pertaining to discrimination. See Local Requirements.