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Restrictions on Firing Employees in Washington

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Washington are subject to these state rules that restrict firing employees under certain circumstances.

Washington laws make it unlawful for an employer to:

  • discriminate against employees because of testimony regarding the minimum wage law
  • require an employee to take a polygraph test
  • deny equal employment opportunity
  • violate protections for veterans or reservists
  • retaliate against an employee for filing a wage complaint or fair employment practices complaint, or for exercising family leave rights
  • fire an employee for having wages withheld for child support, or for less than three debts in a 12-month period

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