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Washington state wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired from a job for illegal reasons. Often, reasons for filing a Washington wrongful termination lawsuit have to do with violations of federal law, rather than violations of Washington state employment law.

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Washington State Employment Law

Washington State is an "at-will" state, meaning businesses and employers do not have to give a reason or warning for terminating an employment. Aside from federal laws governing workplace discrimination and retaliation, there are no laws governing the reasons for an employer ending an employment situation. An employer can fire an employee for no reason, so long as the termination does not violate a contract or the employer's own termination policy.

Washington State Wrongful Termination

californialabourlawsstatelaw Despite Washington being an "at-will" state, there are laws that protect workers. Federal laws make it illegal for an employer to fire an employee for discriminatory reasons, such as race, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, gender identity, religion or disability. An employer also may not fire an employee for reasons that violate public policy, such as filing an injured worker claim, exercising legal rights or performing a public duty.

It is also illegal to fire an employee in retaliation for being a whistleblower, for refusing to take part in illegal activities or for complaining about working conditions.

If an employer has a contract or employment agreement with an employee—including an implied contract, such as telling an employee that his or her employment is secure—and the employee is fired in breach of that contract, the employee can file a wrongful termination lawsuit. In such cases, the courts will determine if an implied contract existed and if the firing violated that contract.

Furthermore, if an employer has written guidelines setting out the circumstances that result in firing an employee and the employment termination violates those guidelines, the employee can file a lawsuit.

Washington State Wrongful Termination and Independent Contractors

Although independent contractors have fewer employment protections than employees, they may still be able to file a wrongful termination lawsuit if their termination violates the employment agreement or contract.

Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

If an employee feels he or she has been fired from a job in violation of federal or state laws, or in violation of an employment contract or company policy, the employee can file a wrongful termination lawsuit to be reinstated to the position, to recover lost wages and to obtain damages.


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Hello I' have a disability and was hired with it after a not at fault car accident on my way to work. in July I went and seen my back doctor who wrote a letter of limits the day I gave the letter to my employer I was given a letter from him to work light duty for one night only, the next three nights I was told by text not to come in to work the following Monday I was fired by my supervisor and told they could not accommodate me, I asked my employer about a open day porter job that was less labored he made no comment the sad part is I worked for a medical facility. a good sized one .I feel like trash just thrown away .

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