Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Under state law RCW Ch. 50A RCW qualified employees are allowed to be a paid a portion of their wages for up to 12 weeks in a 12 month period in most cases, if they miss work for the birth of a child, adoption of younger child, caring for themselves or family member with a serious illness or injury, or certain military connected events. To qualify for benefits the employee must work 820 hours or more at one job or combined from multiple jobs in the “qualifying period” which is defined as: the first four of the last five completed […]

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State Supreme Court finds for Plaintiff in Age Discrimination Lawsuit

In September 2014 the Washington State Supreme Court found for the plaintiff in the case of Scrivener vs Clark College by find that the plaintiff had enough evidence to survive summary judgment. Summary Judgment is in essence a procedure where the defense tries to get your case thrown out of court without even getting to trial. In the Scrivener case the plaintiff sued for age discrimination claiming she was not hired for a tenure track position due to her age (55 at the time). The Court among other things ruled that discrimination need not be the only factor but rather […]

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United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal holds for Plaintiff in Disability Discrimination Case

On February 25, 2015 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Anthony Nigro vs Sears Roebuck and Co held that self serving statements by the plaintiff were sufficient to survive a summary judgment motion. The plaintiff had submitted had submitted declarations including that his manager told him “you’re not going to be accommodated” and “being sick” was “not helping your situation”. By making it past summary judgment the plaintiff had an opportunity to try his case in front of a judge or jury. In some cases once the case gets past summary judgment there is also more […]

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