2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Improving Employment Protections for Survivors
This bill makes it clear that Washington workers cannot be fired, denied employment, or subjected to other forms of employment discrimination because they are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It also requires employers to grant requests for reasonable safety accommodations requested by survivors, as long as such accommodations are not an undue hardship on the employer.
Background: To get safe and stay safe, survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking must be able to financially support themselves and their families. Despite laws that guarantee survivors reasonable unpaid leave and the right to earn paid safe time to help them get themselves and their families to safety, we continue to hear from survivors who have been fired from their jobs or are suffering other negative consequences at work when their employers learn that they are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Update: The House passed HB 2661 (unanimous vote!) on February 7th, and the Senate passed it (44–5 vote) on February 28th. Governor Inslee signed HB 2661 into law on March 13, 2018.
Bill info: HB 2661
Release: State House passes bill protecting domestic violence survivors from discrimination, Rep. Beth Doglio, 2/7/18
Legislature Considers Domestic Violence Survivor Workplace Protections, Seattle Weekly, 2/21/18