The Employment Security Department (ESD) administers programs for receipt of unemployment benefits for eligible workers; job training and employment services for job seekers.
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is an independent state agency that conducts impartial administrative hearings on issues from unemployment benefits, whistleblower protection, and professional misconduct claims.
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) manages the state’s industrial insurance program, workers’ compensation benefits, questions about fair wages and prevailing wage requirements, workplace conditions, and safe work environments, contractor and building issues, crime victim claims, and other issues for workers and employers.
The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) enforces the Washington State Law Against Discrimination. WSHRC also investigates state claims of housing and public accommodations discrimination as well as claims such as sexual orientation, gender identity, and creed that are not covered by federal law.
The Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) is an independent state agency responsible for resolving disputes involving most public employers and employees, and the unions that represent those employees.
Applying both federal and local laws, the Seattle Office For Civil Rights (SOCR) addresses illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting within the Seattle city limits. From filing a charge through the investigation of a case, SOCR provides a forum for resolution and remedies against discriminatory conduct. It also provides policy recommendations to City government and educate the public on civil rights issues.
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (SOLS) works to advance labor standards through thoughtful community and business engagement, strategic enforcement and innovative policy development, with a commitment to race and social justice. Additionally, this office enforces new legislation relating to paid sick leave, wage theft, and local minimum wage ordinances.
The King County Office of Civil Rights investigates and resolves complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, and contracting. Its jurisdiction is limited to employees of King County and those employed or residing in unincorporated portions of King County. They also provide education, and offer technical assistance to businesses and landlords seeking to comply with these laws.
The Tacoma Human Rights Commission receives, investigates, and resolves complaints of discrimination in housing transactions (rental, sales, lending, insurance, advertising), employment and public accommodations.