People who come to us with their employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and civil rights cases are often afraid to bring a lawsuit. Many have been isolated and intimidated. Often, the conduct of the offender has been known and tolerated within the organization for years, and the offender is often in a position of great power. Give us a call before you give up. We help our clients speak the truth and hold those in power accountable.
Washington Protections Against Discrimination
Washington State protections—including the Washington Law Against Discrimination—are generally more progressive than federal protections. In Washington, it’s illegal to discriminate against you based on:
Disability—Sensory, mental or physical;
HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C;
Age (40 years old and older);
Pregnancy or maternity;
Sexual orientation or gender identity;
Use of a service animal by a person with a disability;
Honorably discharged veteran or military status;
Retaliation for filing a whistleblower complaint with the state auditor;
Retaliation for filing a nursing home abuse complaint; or
Retaliation for opposing an unfair practice.
These protections are not just limited to employment. If you’ve been discriminated in a business establishment, a hotel, or any other public accommodation, you likely have the right to bring a claim and seek damages under Washington law.
Types of Civil Rights Claims
Examples of civil rights claims include:
Excessive force by police officers;
Wrongful death by state actors, including police officers;
Illegal searches and seizures;
Challenges to discriminatory laws or regulations;
Challenges to governmental censorship or other First Amendment violations;
Violations of the separation of church and state; and
Violations of voting rights.
One of our core values is to work toward achieving the vision of a community free from bias, systemic unfairness, and oppression, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We know that actions speak louder than words. In addition to representing our clients, Isaac Ruiz serves as Co-Chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC), an oversight entity created under a federal consent decree that has actively promoted police accountability reforms. Isaac also edited and was a chief contributor to the Judge Bench Guide on the LGBTQ Community and the Law, which was published by the Washington State Supreme Court’s Gender & Justice Commission and addresses the subjects of employment discrimination, public accommodations protections, and civil rights.