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Complex Protections for Federal Employees

May 21, 2021

Federal law protects employees in government service from acts of discrimination and retaliation. This includes Title VII, the ADEA, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Pay Act, and GINA. There are many complexities associated with these rights. A covered federal employee who experiences discrimination must contact an EEO counselor within 45…

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Fundraising for Girls on the Run

November 6, 2020

Thank you for your generous support for the Girls on the Run race that our firm ran this past week. It was great to get the word out for such a positive and impactful program for young girls in the Puget Sound. Although programming had to be put on hold…

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Congratulations to our 2020 Super Lawyers

August 3, 2020

We congratulate Alia Ahmed on her first appointment as Rising Star by Super Lawyers! Our attorneys are featured in the Washington Super Lawyers magazine for 2020 and are honored to be nominated for this achievement. https://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/waslrs20/MobilePagedReplica.action? Alia F. Ahmed Jody K. Reich

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Bicycle Collision Settlement of $350,000 in Snohomish County

May 12, 2020

Our law firm recently settled a case involving a serious motor vehicle collision caused by the negligence of others for policy limits of $350,000 on behalf of our client. James H. was a helmeted rider headed southbound on the Centennial Trail when near Arlington when he was hit by a…

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COVID-19 Resources for Employees and Unemployment

April 3, 2020

For anyone trying to manage a layoff, furlough, job loss, or separation, we recommend accessing the resources at the Unemployment Law Project (ULP).  The ULP has many free self-help resources online.  They are also offering information and resources over the phone as well as ongoing webinars discussing the impacts of…

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Amended Law Protects Employee Medical Records

April 3, 2020

On Tuesday, March 31, 2019, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 6236, which amended RCW 49.60.510.  As amended, the law provides more robust protections for employees who allege discrimination.  Specifically, the law protects an employee’s ability to maintain the confidentiality as to most of their medical records.  The law…

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DSRD and Girls on the Run!

March 6, 2020

Our firm is raising funds this spring for Girls on the Run! Girls on the Run is an after school program for children focusing on health, self-esteem building, community involvement, and physical activity.  This national program also trains children over a ten weeks to prepare for a 5K.  Did you…

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New Limits on Non-Compete Agreements

January 16, 2020

Effective January 1, 2010, Washington state enacted stricter laws regarding the use and enforcement of non-competition agreements.  These restrictions are a significant victory for employees.  RCW 49.62 et seq., includes new provisions rendering non-competes void and unenforceable in various circumstances.  For instance, a non-compete is void and unenforceable if the…

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ATTORNEYS CAN BRING WRONGFUL DISCHARGE CLAIMS

November 18, 2019

In-house attorneys in Washington are now expressly permitted to file lawsuits for wrongful discharge against former clients.  This right is limited in scope. Any such lawsuit can only be filed “without violence of the integrity of the attorney-client relationship.”  See, Karstetter v. King Cty. Corr. Guild, 193 Wn.2d 672, 682…

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Judgment in Hostile Work Environment Case

October 23, 2019

On August 30, 2019, Dethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson, in conjunction with Dobson Hicks, obtained a $125,000 judgment against a regional service and wholesale company.  This judgment resulted from allegations that a female employee was subjected to sexual harassment because of her sex, and then retaliated against by her colleagues and…

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