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4.17.2001

Washington Supreme Court Rules That Supervisors Can Be Individually Liable For Workplace Discrimination

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In a ruling likely to cause concern among human resources professionals, the Washington Supreme Court addressed for the first time whether Washington’s Law Against Discrimination applies to individual managers. Brown v. Scott Paper Worldwide Co., (Wash. Sup. Ct., April 5, 2001). The state’s highest Court ruled that supervisors accused of discriminatory conduct are “employers” as defined in the statute, and are subject to suits alleging harassment and discrimination. View full article (PDF).