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Disability-Based Employment Discrimination in Washington State

Several laws protect people with disabilities who work in Washington State from discrimination. This publication explains many of these laws and provides information about actions a person may take if they believe workplace discrimination has occurred.

Resolving a Dispute with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Explore the various advocacy options available if a person disagrees with a decision made by the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

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Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights

This Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) publication addresses the rights of workers with depression, PTSD, and other mental health disabilities.

Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)

The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides services for Washington residents who are blind or have visual impairments. Services may include job counseling, assistive technology, school-to-work transition, and more. Visit the DSB website for more information and to request services online.

WorkSource Washington

WorkSource is Washington State’s official site for online career and employment services. Here, veterans can search job listings, get job search help, and access career information.

Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR Hotline

CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1 (888) 201-1014 or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1 (888) 387-7111. Veterans may dial 1 (855) 657-8387.

Washington State Human Rights Commission – Discrimination Complaint

Information about how to file a discrimination complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission, including a link to the online complaint form can be found here. Information in Spanish is also available here. Discrimination can be reported by calling 1 (800) 233-3247 or 1 (800) 300-7525 (TTY).

Workforce Explorer

Workforce Explorer is a website administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department that offers information about employment in Washington.

Washington State Human Rights Commission

Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) is a state agency responsible for administering and enforcing the Washington State Law Against Discrimination.

Washington State Human Rights Commission: Service Animal Questions

Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) is a state agency responsible for administering and enforcing the Washington Law Against Discrimination. WSHRC also provides information about service animals and employment, as well as service animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Washington LawHelp

Washington LawHelp is the online legal information source maintained by Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s legal aid program for low income persons.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Employment Discrimination Charge Procedures

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website includes EEOC employment discrimination charge procedures.

Northwest ADA Center

The Northwest ADA Center provides information and guidance for consumers with disabilities about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Unemployment Law Project

The Unemployment Law Project (ULP) provides free legal assistance and information to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is challenged.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure

The National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability provides a workbook titled, “The 411 on Disability Disclosure,” designed for youth with disabilities and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook is aimed at helping young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.

I Have Disabilities and I Want to Work: Benefits Advisors

This Northwest Justice Project (NJP) publication may be helpful for individuals with Social Security disability-based benefits, Medicare, SSI-related Medicaid or long-term-care services, or other disability-based benefits AND who want to work.

Choose Work

Choose Work is the United States Social Security Administration’s website for beneficiaries who want to work.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides individualized employment services and counseling to people with disabilities in Washington.

Employment Accommodations Explained

It makes good business sense to have a workplace that accommodates everyone’s needs. And laws, like the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act, are there to make sure workers with disabilities are accommodated, too. So, what kind of accommodations are we talking about?