Lie-Detector Tests and Employment (WA State)
WASHINGTON STATE: THE LIE-DETECTOR LAW
LIMITATION #1: The Lie-Detector Law does not "apply to persons making application for employment with any law enforcement agency or with the juvenile court services agency of any county, or to persons returning after a break of more than twenty-four consecutive months in service as a fully commissioned law enforcement officer[.]" Id.
LIMITATION #2: The Law does "not apply to either the initial application for employment or continued employment of persons who manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances as defined in chapter 69.50 RCW, or to persons in sensitive positions directly involving national security." RCW 49.44.120.
LIMITATION #4: Nothing in the Law "may be construed as limiting any statutory or common law rights of any person illegally denied employment or continued employment under this section for purposes of any civil action or injunctive relief." RCW 49.44.120(5).
(1) Award a penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars to a prevailing employee or prospective employee in addition to any award of actual damages;
(2) Award reasonable attorneys' fees and costs to the prevailing employee or prospective employee; and