WLAD: Discriminatory Boycotts & Blacklists

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by Gregory Williams, Esq. |  Under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), what is the definition of “discriminatory boycotts and blacklists“? Here’s my point of view (please review our Disclaimer, Terms of Use & Privacy Notice before proceeding).

WASHINGTON LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

The right to be free from discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, 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 is recognized as and declared to be a civil right in the State of Washington. RCW 49.60.030(1). This right includes, but is not limited to the right to engage in commerce free from any discriminatory boycotts or blacklists. RCW 49.60.030(1)(f) (emphasis added).

RCW 49.60.030(1)(f)

Chapter 49.60.030(1)(f) RCW is the relevant law, and it defines the term “discriminatory boycotts and blacklists” as follows:

(f) DISCRIMINATORY BOYCOTTS OR BLACKLISTS” for purposes of this section shall be defined as the formation or execution of any express or implied agreement, understanding, policy or contractual arrangement for economic benefit between any persons which is not specifically authorized by the laws of the United States and which is required or imposed, either directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, by a foreign government or foreign person in order to restrict, condition, prohibit, or interfere with or in order to exclude any person or persons from any business relationship on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, 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, or national origin or lawful business relationship: PROVIDED HOWEVER, That nothing herein contained shall prohibit the use of boycotts as authorized by law pertaining to labor disputes and unfair labor practices…

RCW 49.60.030(1)(f) (emphasis added).

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