Employment and Work
What are your basic rights in employment and at work?
Right to be Free from Harassment
Workers have the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, and free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, family status, sexual orientation, disability or appearance of disability, veteran status, or other protected class.
Right to receive equal pay for equal work
Minimum wage in Washington state is $14.49 per hour. Minimum wage in Seattle is $17.227 per hour if you work for a large company or chain. Higher minimum wages apply for some jobs in SeaTac.
Right to receive reasonable accommodations
You have the right to reasonable accommodations (change the way things are normally done at work) for medical reasons or religious beliefs, if required by law.
Right to take sick time
Workers in WA state get 1 hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours of work. You can use your earned sick time if you are sick, need to go to a doctor appointment, need to take care of a sick family member, or for leave related to domestic violence.
Right to medical confidentiality
You have the right to expect that any medical information or genetic information that is shared with employers will be confidential.
Right to report discrimination
You have the right to report discrimination, as well as to participate in investigations of discrimination or lawsuits or oppose discrimination (threaten to file a discrimination complaint, without being retaliated against (punished) for doing so.
Where to call if you experience discrimination at work
King County Civil Rights, Unincorporated (Employed by King County, Metro): (206) 263-2446
WA Human Rights Commission: 1-800-233-3247
WA Department of Labor and Industries: (360) 902-5800
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: 1-800-669-4000
Office of Equity & Human Rights, Tacoma: (253) 591-5045
WA State Office of the Attorney General: (833) 660-4877
Labor Standards: (206) 256-5297