Discrimination and Harassment
Washington State and Federal Law prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on age, sex, race, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and military status. Unfortunately, employee discrimination is still prevalent in the workplace. If you think your employer is discriminating against you, you should contact our experienced employment discrimination attorneys as soon as possible. Our employment discrimination attorneys can help you receive the justice you deserve with offices in Tacoma and Seattle.
What are some examples of employment discrimination?
It’s possible you may be a victim of discrimination and are unaware of it. If you were terminated, demoted, not hired, subjected to unfair disciple, or received treatment different from other workers based on one of the protected classes, you may be a victim of employment discrimination. Discrimination can occur in any aspect of employment, such as:
- The hiring or firing an employee
- Differences in pay
- Lack of promotion opportunities
Who is protected by employment discrimination law?
Employers cannot discriminate against protected groups of employees, called protected classes. For example, an employer cannot discriminate against you on the basis of your
- Gender Identity
- LGBTQ Status
- Military Status
I believe I am being discriminated against, what should I do?
If you are currently employed and believe you are the victim of discrimination, you should consult with our experienced discrimination attorneys as soon as possible. Making significant decisions, such as terminating your employment, without consulting attorney could negatively impact your discrimination claims. Speak to an attorney before making any changes to your employment.
Is there a time limit on how long I can pursue a lawsuit?
Yes. In the State of Washington, you generally have three years from the date you experienced discrimination to file a claim. However, do not make this determination on your own. The best decision is to contact our experienced lawyers as soon as possible, so evidence is not lost or destroyed, and witnesses do not disappear. By contacting one of our employment attorneys quickly, you put us in the best position to build a strong case on your behalf.
How to I file an employment discrimination claim?
If you feel you have been discriminated against by your employer, do not hesitate to contact us. We will guide you through the steps you should take to best protect your rights and build your case. Our laws are designed to protect you from discrimination. Let us help them work for you.
$1,600,000 settlement. Represented four former employees asserting that the chief deputy prosecutor showed favoritism to younger employees, subjected older employees to condescending, hostile and demeaning conduct, and made ageist comments. Attorney Stephanie L. Bloomfield represented the four employees in their lawsuit against Clallam County. Case v. Clallam County, Jefferson County Superior Court Cause No. 09-2-00072-6.
$1,567,323.55 judgment following jury verdict. Represented a former Walmart pharmacist in a multi-week jury trial. The employee had longstanding disabilities due to cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis and was not provided accommodations but instead terminated from employment. Jacobs v. Walmart Stores Inc, W.D. Wash. Cause No. 3:17-cv-05988-RJB.
Prevailed before the Washington Court of Appeals, which reversed the dismissal of discrimination claims brought by a disabled combat veteran of Mexican-American heritage. The court held that there was sufficient evidence supporting disparate treatment and hostile work environment claims. Alonso v. Qwest Commc’ns Co., LLC, 178 Wn. App. 734, 315 P.3d 610 (2013).