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The Washington State Human Rights Commission will no longer be conducting "walk-in" interviews at the Olympia Office. To speak with a staff member, please call 360-753-6770 or 1-800-233-3247. Complaint forms are still available at the Olympia Office in the reception area and on this website.


For Information on our Complaint Process, and how to file a Complaint, please follow this link.

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Washington State Governor's Proclamation

Washington State Human Rights Commission's Resolution

Civil Rights Act
88th Congress of the United States of America

Civil Rights Act - 1964

News of Interest:

• Washington State Human Rights Commision sponsored Community Public Forum: Please join us at the Gonzaga Law School on July 23, 2014 at 6:00PM - Barbieri Courtroom, 721 N. Cincinnati, Spokane, WA 99258 - click on image

Public Forum Next Generation Ready?

• Service for Service -
"Washington Goes to the Dogs"
Green River community College, August 7, 2014

• Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals opinion regarding reasonable accommodation of employee’s religious beliefs.

The Washington Supreme Court held that the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for their employee’s religious practices. 

The case involved a lawsuit by employees of an airport concessionaire who were not permitted to bring their own meals to work for security reasons, and who challenged their employer’s failure to provide meals consistent with their religious beliefs.  The majority reasoned that although WLAD differs from its federal statutory counterpart in not explicitly requiring that an employer make reasonable accommodation of employees’ religious beliefs, such a requirement was implied in WLAD’s prohibition on religious discrimination.

The Supreme Court overturned a 2012 Court of Appeals opinion in doing so, relying in part on arguments made in an amicus brief filed on behalf of the (Washington State) Human Rights Commission.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission is a state agency that enforces the Washington Law Against Discrimination.  It is a violation of Washington law for a person to be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, use of a dog guide or trained service animal due to a disability, familial status, marital status, honorably discharged veteran and military status, or status as a breastfeeding mother. If an individual believes that he or she has been discriminated because of a protected basis, he or she can file a complaint with the Commission.

For Information on our Complaint Process, and how to file a Complaint, please follow this link.


Together We Can

2015 will mark 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA.
Honor the legacy of our past and help build a new future by joining our effort to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015.

Learn what it's all about!

DSHS sponsors CapTel public service announcements through Washington Relay
A free, captioned telephone service that enables the use of voice-recognition technology to translate spoken messages into text captions is now available to low-income Washington residents. For more information click TED

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Obligations of Charter Schools to Comply with Federal Civil Rights Laws
May 14, 2014.

“Charter schools play an important role in the educational landscape and are serving more and more students all over the country,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. “Since our last guidance on the topic in 2000, thousands of new charter schools have opened. This guidance underscores that charter schools must satisfy the requirements of the federal civil rights laws.”

New Document Guides

Fair Housing - Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications
for Residents With Disabilities Guide

• Disastor Preparedness guide for People with disabilities and Access & Functional Needs (AFN) © Earthquake Country Alliance

• Fair Housing--It's Your Right!


Community Training

New laws in the City of Seattle strengthen employee rights in the workplace and decrease barriers to jobs.
Free workshops to learn more!

Civil Rights 101
A Workshop for Social Service Providers


The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to eliminate and prevent discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.

Mission Statement

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