Washington Supreme Court Limits the Non-Profit Religious Organization Exemption from the Law Against Discrimination

March 2014
Employment Law Notes
In February, the Washington Supreme Court issued a landmark decision limiting the scope of the non-profit religious organization exemption from the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). The Court, in Ockletree v. Franciscan Health Sys., held that the exclusion of non-profit religious organizations from the definition of “employer” was unconstitutional as applied to discrimination that was unrelated to the organization’s religious purpose.