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Recent Publications

Reducing Harmful Bias in Hiring Algorithms

Companies are increasingly using algorithms in their candidate selection process either directly, or indirectly when they employ a vendor that uses algorithms. The use of algorithms is intended to remove unintended selection bias from the hiring process. […]

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Ninth Circuit Revives Teacher’s First Amendment Lawsuit and Rules MAGA Hat Was Protected Speech

Plaintiff Eric Dodge was a long-time teacher in the Evergreen School District (“the District”) in Vancouver, Washington. In August 2019, Dodge attended two teacher training days and brought a Make America Great Again (“MAGA”) hat. The first day of training involved cultural sensitivity and racial bias training presented by a professor from Washington State University. […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Best Employment Practices

A New Year’s Resolution that is on every employer’s list is minimizing and preventing litigation. This can be done by ensuring your company’s policies, procedures, and agreements are in compliance with local, state, and federal labor and employment laws, as well as providing employees with crucial training. […]

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Fall Updates

As we wind up the calendar year, employers should take note of legislative changes enacted during 2022, as well as those anticipated in the new year. […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Could Lead to Disability Benefits

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington suggests that sexual harassment in the workplace could lead to the wronged employee receiving disability benefits under the employer’s disability insurance plan. This case signals an emerging trend of courts exploring the psychological impacts of sexual harassment and the intersection of these effects with disability law. […]

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“Victory” Against Excessive Emotional Distress Damages?

In April 2021, the employer world gasped when a Seattle jury awarded a fired IBM manager $11 million in damages. IBM recently received some good news: The Ninth Circuit just overturned the $6 million emotional distress verdict as excessive in Kingston v. International Business Machines Corp. […]

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Here Comes Summer – Washington Heat and Wildfire Rules Go Back into Effect

Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and with it comes a new set of rules and reminders from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (“L&I”). In the midst of the extreme heatwave of Summer 2021, L&I adopted emergency rules that added to the existing protections for outdoor workers from heat exposure and wildfire smoke. […]

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Free Speech in the Workplace

With news updates regarding capital rioting, abortion rights, gun violence, and other sensitive topics illuminating our screens on a daily basis, it is likely that the discussion of these topics will find its way into workplace conversations. […]

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