Sexual Harassment – Know Your Rights, Be Strategic Dec03

Sexual Harassment – Know Your Rights, Be Strategic

For those affected by sexual harassment or assault at work, .   This means getting good legal counsel regarding your rights, and the time limits for filing claims.  At that point, you can consider possible strategies to achieve the desired result. The problem of sexual harassment in the workplace is--and has always been--serious and challenging for those affected.  The allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein,  opened the floodgates.  Since then, others have disclosed thei...

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Paid Sick Leave, Protected!  January 1, 2018 Nov09

Paid Sick Leave, Protected! January 1, 2018

The Paid Sick Leave Law is getting a lot of attention now.  Everyone is starting to realize that: employers won't be able to discipline employees for being absent when they use the paid, statutory sick leave; employees have only minimal notification obligations before using sick leave; and there are very limited circumstances under which an employer can require "verification" or proof that the employee's use is within the broad purposes allowed under the law....

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Washington State Sick Leave Starts January 1, 2018 – Are You Ready? Oct02

Washington State Sick Leave Starts January 1, 2018 – Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the new Washington State Sick Leave law, starting on January 1, 2018? For many in Washington State, they will begin receiving paid sick leave for the first time. Washington State's sick leave law is unique in that there is no cap on the number of hours an employee can earn using the 1 hour earned for 40 hours worked accrual rate, so many employers that already offer paid sick leave (even those that offer it a faster accrual rate and/or based on hours compensated) may have to ad...

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Nurse Wubbels Should Sue — Lawsuits Are Good Because They Internalize Cost Sep05

Nurse Wubbels Should Sue — Lawsuits Are Good Because They Internalize Cost

For many, Alex Wubbels is heroic, because she did the right thing.  She courageously protected a patient’s constitutional rights, even as she was confronted and challenged by police, and wrongfully placed under arrest.  The  of her ordeal spread like wildfire across the internet last week. Now, she should do the right thing again, and sue the officer and/or the department for violation of her civil rights.  So far, she has deferred on whether she will bring such a claim, saying only that ...

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Sticks, Stones and Words–Two Police Officers Sue Sawant For Defamation Aug29

Sticks, Stones and Words–Two Police Officers Sue Sawant For Defamation

The law does not follow the children’s rhyme.  Instead, words can hurt just like sticks and stones, and when they do they can lead to lawsuits.  Courts have recognized a person’s reputation does have value and that sometimes words can cause damage to that reputation. Last week, two Seattle police officers involved in a fatal shooting filed a lawsuit against Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant for alleged statements she made before the officers were cleared of wrongdoing by an inquest j...

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Concrete Strike A Lesson In Conflict Resolution And The Value Of Collective Bargaining Aug20

Concrete Strike A Lesson In Conflict Resolution And The Value Of Collective Bargaining

The outcome of any conflict in labor relations, litigation and in life depends on four factors, and the successful Teamsters strike at sand and gravel companies this week is a powerful lesson about the importance of relative bargaining power and resolve. With the construction industry in the Seattle area booming at full tilt and driving the demand for concrete, and with the labor market for drivers unified behind the Teamsters banner, the sand and gravel companies were pinned. Strikes are always har...

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The Sarbanand blueberry workers can sue Aug16

The Sarbanand blueberry workers can sue

Farmworkers often face inhumane working conditions - poverty wages, backbreaking physical labor, exposure to pesticides, and other workplace abuses. They are excluded from most national labor protections afforded other workers, such as minimum wage and hour guarantees and overtime pay. Ironically, the at Sarbanand Farms may be more protected than other workers in Washington state in this sense: They have the right to sue. Firing workers for protesting working conditions is always immoral, but...

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