WLAD: Definition of Marital Status

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By Gregory Williams, Esq. | Under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), what is the definition of the term “Marital Status”? Here’s my point of view (please review our Disclaimer, Terms of Use & Privacy Notice before proceeding).


Under WLAD, it is an unfair practice, with very few exceptions, for an employer to refuse to hire any person, to discharge or bar any person from employment, or to discriminate against any person in compensation or in other terms and conditions of employment because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.


Chapter 49.60.040 RCW is the relevant law, and as of the date of this article it defines the term “Marital Status” as follows:

Marital status” means the legal status of being married, single, separated, divorced, or widowed.

RCW 49.60.040 (emphasis added).


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