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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Washington

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

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

Author: Bruce Cross, Perkins Coie LLP


  • Washington limits the use of credit checks for employment purposes. See Credit Checks.
  • Certain employers are required to conduct background checks for certain employees. See Mandatory Background Checks.
  • A ban the box law restricting criminal history inquiries until a job applicant is deemed otherwise qualified for a position. See Arrests and Convictions.
  • Washington's Human Rights Commission has adopted preemployment inquiry restrictions that comply with the Washington Law Against Discrimination. See Preemplyoment Inquiries.
  • Washington recognizes claims for negligent hiring and retention. See Negligent Hiring.
  • Washington law permits the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, but employers may enforce zero tolerance drug policies. See Drug Use.
  • Washington law addresses AIDS testing, genetic testing and polygraph testing. See Preemployment Testing.
  • Localities including Seattle and Spokane have requirements pertaining to preemployment screening and testing. See Local Requirements.