I feel and do hope some day that things will move forward to have just cause to fire someone but for now, my understanding unless the business has violated federal law there is not much hope in succeeding.
Try to find an attorney to take the case on contingency, Sincerely I doubt you will find one, but good luck anyways.
Workers cannot be fired for filing a:
- Workplace rights complaint.
- Safety complaint.
- Injured worker claim.
Q. Is it legal to be fired from a job for no good reason?
A. Yes. Washington is what's called an "at will" state. Businesses may fire "at will." There are no laws regarding dismissal, so businesses are not required to give warnings or follow any particular steps.
Q. Who can a worker contact if he or she believes the firing was based on a discriminatory reason?
A. Workers may seek the advice of a private attorney about filing a suit for wrongful termination. Workers may also contact the Human Rights Commission at 1-800-233-3247 if there is a concern about discrimination based on age (40+), race, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, or physical, sensory or mental handicap.
Contact the Human Rights Commission:
Olympia/Western Washington: 1-800-233-3247
Seattle/Western Washington: 1-800-605-7324
Yakima/Eastern Washington: 1-800-233-3247
Another agency to contact about possible discrimination based on a violation of civil-rights laws is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For a toll-free connection to the nearest EEOC office, call 1-800-669-4000.
Q. Are there any laws about what kind of reference a former employer can give?
A. There are no state regulations addressing references. Workers may consult with a private attorney regarding the possibility of a civil suit, but L&I has no authority to accept complaints on this issue.