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by Gregory Williams, Esq. | Under Washington law, what is the Washington State Human Rights Commission? Here’s my point of view (please review our Disclaimer, Terms of Use & Privacy Notice before proceeding).


The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) is a state agency established in 1949 and assigned the duty to administer and enforce the Washington Law Against Discrimination. Its mission is to eliminate and prevent discrimination in Washington State through the fair application of the law, efficient use of resources, and establishment of productive partnerships in the community.


The law that the WSHRC is assigned to administer and enforce is contained in Chapter 49.60 Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Also known as the Washington Law Against Discrimination, this state law prohibits discriminatory practices in the areas of employment, places of public resort, accommodation, or amusement, in real estate transactions, and credit and insurance transactions on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, 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; and prohibits retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, and those who file health care and state employee whistleblower complaints.


According to the official WSHRC website, the WSHRC operates as follows:

There are five Commissioners appointed by the Governor, who appoint an Executive Director. The Executive Director appoints investigative staff, clerks, and other employees as needed to conduct the day-to-day operations of the agency. The Commissioners provide policy direction, adopt regulations, and meet monthly to pass upon the investigative finding determinations recommended by staff, review and approve settlement agreements, and issue Board Orders setting forth the terms of the legally binding agreements and may vote to grant or deny requests for reconsideration of previously issued investigative findings.

WSHRC Official Website.


Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination with the WSHRC. The online application is available [here].

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