Employee Rights to Equal Pay and Opportunities

The Equal Pay and Opportunities Act prohibits gender pay discrimination and promotes fairness among workers by addressing business practices that contribute to income disparities between genders. Both employees and applicants have rights under this law.

Employee RightsJob Applicant Rights
Equal pay, not based on gender Privacy of wage or salary history when applying for a job
Equal career advancement opportunities, not based on gender No requirement for wage or salary history to meet certain criteria
Ability to discuss wages with others Access to minimum wage or salary information of a new position, upon request by the applicant
Access to wage or salary information of a new position or promotion, upon request by the employee
Protection from retaliation

Filing a complaint

To file a complaint against an employer (or former employer) for violating this law:

Department of Labor & Industries
Employment Standards
PO Box 44510
Olympia, WA 98504-4510

  • Bring the complaint form to your nearest L&I office


  • Submit the form to our secure file upload. You can also use this link to send us documents and all other supporting information along with the completed complaint form. Please make sure the information is as complete and accurate as possible. Save the complaint form and any additional supporting documents with your first and last name within file name once completed and before submitting the form.

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