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Employment Law


Protecting Your Rights at Work

Our lawyers have extensive experience and a strong reputation for representing employees, as well as advising small businesses and non-profit organizations. We work in all areas of employment law, including matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, family and medical leave, paid time off benefits, unemployment hearings and appeals, and noncompetition agreements. We represent clients in matters involving the drafting and negotiation of employment contracts. We have significant experience negotiating severance agreements with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Our attorneys strategically and vigorously pursue the interests of our clients by negotiating for the best possible terms. Our attorneys also have experience litigating the enforceability of employee non-competes, non-solicitation clauses, and restrictive covenants, including resisting temporary restraining orders and injunctions.

Workplace Discrimination

The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The Washington Law Against Discrimination goes even further and also prohibits discrimination on the basis of familial or marital status, sexual orientation, age, military status, and disability. If you are discriminated against based on one of these protected categories, you may have a claim.

Pregnancy Discrimination

Although discrimination against pregnancy is prohibited, some pregnant people begin to experience discrimination once they announce their pregnancy to their employers. Pregnancy discrimination may include unfair discipline, demotion, harassment, or even termination. If you believe you have been treated unfairly due to a pregnancy, the birth of a child, or because of your children, you may have a claim against your employer.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination based on sex under the law. If you have experienced sexual harassment at your workplace, regardless of your gender, sex, or sexual orientation, you may have a claim against your employer. Sexual harassment can come in many forms, from lewd comments, to attempted fondling, to demands for sexual favors. Regardless of how the harassment occurs, it is prohibited and your rights are protected.

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Employment Law Victories

Allowing Clients to Put the Past Behind Them

Fields v. Washington Department of Early Learning
Together with our partners at the ACLU, we successfully fought to help a client put a criminal
conviction for theft behind her. After learning of a decades-old conviction, the Department of
Early Learning revoked our client’s child care license without considering that she had gone
through drug court and recovery decades earlier, and had been successfully working in
childcare for years. The Washington State Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that the client must
have a fair chance to show her qualifications and cannot be categorically denied a license
based on a decades-old conviction.

Helping Employees Recover Unpaid Wages

Scientific Computing Company Confidential Settlements
Terrell Marshall negotiated confidential pre-litigation settlements for two executive-level
employees and one hourly employee, all of whom were not being paid wages and benefits as
they became due from local scientific computing and engineering companies.

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If you think your rights have been violated, we’ll help you determine if you have a case.