Credit Transaction Discrimination (WLAD)

Credit Transaction Discrimination (WLAD)

Under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), what is credit transaction discrimination? Here’s my point of view (NOTE: please read our DISCLAIMER before proceeding).


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THE WASHINGTON LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (WLAD)

The WLAD, Chapter 49.60 RCW, "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 racecreed, color, national origin, [citizenship or immigration status], families with childrensexmarital statussexual orientationagehonorably 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." See WSHRC Official Website --> About Uslast visited 3/2/22 (emphasis and hyperlinks added).

UNFAIR PRACTICES WITH RESPECT TO CREDIT TRANSACTIONS

(1) It is an unfair practice for any person whether acting for himself, herself, or another in connection with any credit transaction because of racecreed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sexmarital statushonorably discharged veteran or military statussexual orientation, 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:

(a) To deny credit to any person;

(b) To increase the charges or fees for or collateral required to secure any credit extended to any person;

(c) To restrict the amount or use of credit extended or to impose different terms or conditions with respect to the credit extended to any person or any item or service related thereto;

(d) To attempt to do any of the unfair practices defined in this section.

(2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit any party to a credit transaction from considering the credit history of any individual applicant.

(3) Further, nothing in this section shall prohibit any party to a credit transaction from considering the application of the community property law to the individual case or from taking reasonable action thereon.

RCW 49.60.176 (hyperlinks added).

REMEDIES -- CIVIL ACTION IN COURT

"Any person deeming himself or herself injured by any act in violation of … [the WLAD] shall have a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to enjoin further violations, or to recover the actual damages sustained by the person, or both, together with the cost of suit including reasonable attorneys' fees or any other appropriate remedy authorized by this chapter or the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, or the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3601 et seq.)." RCW 49.60.030(2) (hyperlinks added).

LEARN MORE

If you would like to learn more, then consider contacting an experienced Washington State Employment Discrimination Attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Please note: the information contained in this article is not offered as legal advice and will not form an attorney-client relationship with either this author or Williams Law Group; please see our DISCLAIMER.

–gw

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