Safety and Health Discrimination Protections (ESHB 1097)
L&I has completed rulemaking in response toEngrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1097, an act relating to increasing worker protections. Necessary changes to Chapter 296-360, Discrimination were adopted and became effective on July 1, 2022.
See all the rulemaking documentation for Chapter 296-360 WAC, Discrimination on our L&I Rulemaking page.
L&I's Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) is conducted rulemaking in response to Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1097, an act relating to increasing worker protections.
The update to chapter 296-360 WAC, Discrimination, will:
- Change the allowed time period to file a complaint of a discriminatory act from 30 to 90 days,
- Expand the definition of discrimination, and
- Establish the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (DOSH) ability to penalize an employer for discriminating against one of their employees.
This rulemaking would also address changes in how complaints will be resolved with final orders.
Under ESHB 1097, L&I now has the authority to issue administrative orders related to discrimination differing from the current process, which has proceedings go to superior court if a matter is not settled.
Please contact Kevin Walder with any rulemaking questions:
Kevin.Walder@lni.wa.gov or 360-902-4233.
For technical questions regarding the following areas, contact the specified individuals:
Anne Springer, DOSH Discrimination Supervisor
Anne.Springer@lni.wa.gov (360) 902-4514.
Yvonne Baptiste, Appeals Manager
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