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Marital Status Discrimination

The Barton Law Firm sues employers who discriminate against employees because of their marital status and employers who retaliate against employees for opposing this kind of discrimination.

Here are legal citations and information you might find helpful:

There are two ways to discriminate: by disparate treatment and by disparate impact. Disparate treatment occurs when an employer treats an employee who belongs to a protected class less favorably than other employees. Disparate impact occurs when an employer has a neutral employment practice that falls more harshly on members of a protected class.

Washington State: 


RCW 49.44.085 (Employees may pursue causes of action under RCW 49.60);

RCW 49.60.030 (Freedom from Discrimination);

RCW 49.60.180 (Unfair employment practices);

WAC 162-32 (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity);

WPI 330.01 (Disparate treatment);

WPI 330.02 (Disparate impact).

King County: 


KCC 12.22.030 (Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation).

Pierce County: 


PCC 3.16.010 (Equal Employment Opportunity; county employees only).


Snohomish County: 


SCC 2.460.070 (Unlawful Discrimination by Employers).




SMC 4.80.020 (Affirmative action; city employees only).

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