Have you experienced a situation at your workplace where you felt like you were treated unfairly or unlawfully?
If you have experienced discrimination, sexual harrassment, retaliation, or wrongful termination in the workplace, Lauren Parris Watts is here to assist you.
Employment Law Practice Areas
What Is Workplace Retaliation and Discrimination?
Discrimination involves treating an applicant or an employee unfavorably because they are a member of a protected class. Specifically, the basis for this victimization can include race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit-based factors.
Harassment, a form of employment discrimination, is unwelcome conduct on the basis of the aforementioned protected groups. Harassment becomes unlawful where (1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or (2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Generally, petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents will not rise to the level of illegality.
Workplace retaliation is best described as a form of discrimination that takes place when an employer, employment agency, or labor organization takes action against an employee who has engaged in a protective activity. An example of workplace retaliation would be terminating an employee who has filed a discrimination grievance.
Have you experienced workplace discrimination or retaliation?
What Is wrongful termination?
Washington is an at will state which means that, in general, an employer can terminate employment for any reason or no reason at all. Termination is unlawful when it is in violation of an employment contract, public policy, or law (e.g. it was discriminatory or retaliatory).
Have you experienced wrongful termination?
What Is Sexual Harassment In The Workplace?
Sexual harassment is the unlawful sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature. Gender or sexual orientation is not relevant for both the victims and perpetrators of sexual harassment.
Have you experienced workplace sexual harassment?
What Is Reasonable Accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a change in the work environment (or the way things are usually done) to help a person with a disability apply for a job, perform the duties of a job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment. Reasonable accommodation might include providing an employee with an alternative workstation or schedule. The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer (“undue hardship”). If more than one accommodation solves the issue, the employer may choose which one to provide.
Have you experienced leave and accommodations law?
What Is Non-Compete / NDA?
Washington courts will enforce non-competition agreements if they are “reasonable.” To determine whether a particular agreement is reasonable, the court will consider (1) how long the employee is restricted, (2) the geographical scope of the restrictions, (3) what the employee is restricted from doing, and (4) whether the restraint is necessary to protect the employer’s business. Noncompetition agreements are unenforceable against employees making $100,000 or less annually, and restrictions greater than 18 months are presumed to be unreasonable.
Have you experienced non-compete / NDA?
Lauren Parris Watts
People experiencing issues in the workplace often doubt that gut feeling that something isn’t right or they feel nervous about asserting a claim against their employer. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose when you call Lauren. She will clearly explain your rights, advise you on the options, and advocate for you along the way. She is the best solution to your needs.
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Lauren represents individuals on their claims against employers, both big and small and across all industries. Her clients range from executives to hourly workers. She has successfully negotiated hundreds of employment disputes. The majority of the time a lawsuit is not necessary for reconciliation of your case.
Lauren counsels clients on a variety of employment issues including discrimination, retaliation, reasonable accommodations, FMLA and other leave rights, misconduct investigations, compensation and severance agreements, and non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions. Many of Lauren’s clients are interested in early resolution of their issue and hire Lauren to partner with them in negotiating a better work environment or separation from their employer. However, Lauren also represents clients in lawsuits when pre-litigation negotiations prove unsuccessful.