by Gregory Williams, Esq. | Under Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), what is the age limitation for aggrieved plaintiffs? Here’s my point of view (NOTE: please read our DISCLAIMER before proceeding).FORTY YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER
Pursuant to WLAD, it is unlawful to discriminate based on age, but one must be within the proper age group to claim age discrimination. Generally, Washington’s prohibition against age discrimination is contained in RCW §49.60.205; and that section essentially refers the reader to RCW §49.44.090. Under this section, it’s an actionable unfair practice for an employer or licensing agency (and, in some circumstances, employment agencies) to unlawfully discriminate (see RCW §49.44.090 for exceptions) against an individual because he/she is forty years of age or older. Thus, it appears that one must be at at least forty years old to claim age discrimination in WA under the WLAD.
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