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With the Legalization of Medical and Recreational Marijuana, Is Zero Tolerance Still Realistic for Employers?

It has been ten years since Washington voters approved I-502, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Oregon voters followed suit and legalized recreational use in 2014. Despite legalization at the state level, marijuana’s continued unlawfulness under federal law has caused many employers to...
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Paramour Preference: Is it Illegal to Give Preferential Treatment to a Romantic Partner?

In 2020, the US Supreme Court confirmed in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII's protected classification of "sex" is defined to include protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This opened the door to claims from employees attempting to further expand the...

Vaccine Roundup: Answers to Employers’ Most Common Vaccination Questions

With vaccinations opening to all adults in Washington within the coming weeks, employers’ most common COVID-19 questions have shifted from how to handle positive cases or exposures at work to how to address vaccinations. Here are answers to the questions that many employers are asking:
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