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When it comes to employment, Washington is an “at-will” state. In other words, your boss can fire you “at will,” regardless of how well you’ve performed in the past. There are certain exceptions to this (union employees for example), but for the most part, all those stellar performance reviews you’ve worked so hard to earn won’t keep the new owner of the company from cleaning house – including you.
On the other hand, there are protections available. Your boss cannot fire you for any reason that can be shown to be discriminatory. For instance, you can’t be fired because you’re “too old,” because of your sex or gender, your sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, national origin, or disability.
He or she also cannot “retaliate” against you for reporting or complaining about certain actions which are protected. This is sometimes referred to as “whistleblowing,” and depending on the circumstances you may be protected from termination. For instance, your employer can’t fire you for reporting a discriminatory act, complaint about compensation, filing a worker’s comp claim, participating in a “union” or its activities, requesting a disability accommodation (under the ADA), or asking for time off (“leave”) under either the FMLA or Washington Domestic Violence Leave Act.
If you believe that you’ve been terminated for a discriminatory reason, and/or out of retaliation, call Puget Law Group to schedule a complimentary strategy session with Casey Arbenz, our lead personal injury attorney. Casey has extensive experience in the courtroom handling cases where people have suffered injustice at the hands of those in power, who are violating their legal duties and the protections of others. Casey and his PLG team will take your case personally and aggressively represent your interests
“Casey took my case even though he wasn’t sure about it. It was kind of a weird case. He was really supportive and made me feel like he was on my side even though the facts were not always completely clear. He is patient, friendly and knowledgeable. And he managed to get me everything I wanted out of the situation.”