Sexual Orientation Becomes Protected Status in Washington

February 2006
Employment Law Notes
After unsuccessful attempts 29 years in a row, the Washington State Legislature has passed a law adding sexual orientation to the list of “protected classes” under the Washington Law Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60. Governor Gregoire signed the law on January 31, only four days after its passage. Washington becomes the 17th state to have such a law. Although Tim Eyman has already commenced efforts to place an initiative on the November ballot to overturn the law, for the present it is “the law of the land” in Washington.