Practice Area:

Employment and Civil Rights

The firm provides counsel to clients for all aspects of employment law.

Dunn & Black represents both employers and employees in all aspects of employment and civil rights law.  Our lawyers have earned successful verdicts and judgments from judges and juries at both the state and federal court levels around our region.  In addition, we frequently negotiate positive severance packages and other pre-litigation resolutions in favor of our clients.

Examples of the kinds of employment law cases we handle include:

  • Disability Discrimination
  • Severance Package Negotiations
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Age Discrimination
  • Racial Discrimination
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environments
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower Claims
  • State Human Rights Commission Claims
  • Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Claims
  • Department of Labor & Industries
  • Equal Pay Act

Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of employment related matters we have handled.

Changes in Non-Compete Agreements and Employment

Washington State In Washington State, non-competition agreements are subject to earnings thresholds.  For 2024, in order for non-compete agreement to be enforceable, the employee’s annual earnings must exceed $120,559.99.  For independent contractors, their annual...

Washington State Paid Sick Leave

Legislative Changes for 2024 Beginning January 1, 2024, employers must pay any unused and accrued sick leave to construction workers if employment lasts fewer than 90 days.  Payment must occur on or before the next regularly scheduled pay day after separation from...

Cannabis and the Workplace Alert

In 2012, Washington legalized the recreational use of cannabis.  Because lawmakers in Washington consider cannabis use similar to alcohol consumption, the legislature recently passed a law intended to protect employees from adverse employment actions based solely on...

Sexual harassment and discrimination case against architectural firm

Sexual harassment/discrimination case against a prominent architectural firm. Successfully negotiated a monetary settlement for the Plaintiff prior to trial.

Disability discrimination case involving information technologies company

Disability discrimination/retaliation case against a large west coast information technologies (IT) company. Successfully represented the Plaintiff and negotiated a money settlement prior to trial.

Discrimination case against car wash company

Represented an African-American against a major car wash company for racial discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation where there was no wage loss. Bench trial resulted in a $115,000 emotional distress award plus attorney fees and a 0.5% Lodestar multiplier.

Claims against sexual harassment and discrimination

Have represented, advised and defended several local companies against claims of sexual harassment and other types of discrimination.

A handicap discrimination/retaliation case

A handicap discrimination/retaliation case against one of the state’s largest employers (Boeing) was brought on behalf of the Plaintiff. The trial resulted in a $1,007,000 jury verdict for the Plaintiff. The Defendants appealed to the Washington Supreme Court and lost resulting in a total Judgment exceeding $3 million.

Wrongful termination and discrimination

A former employee sued a major construction firm for wrongful termination and discrimination. We successfully represented the Defendant construction company resulting in a defense verdict.

Convenience stores paid improper wages

Defended claim of convenience stores in a wage and hour employment case claiming a class was paid improper wages and overtime. Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed as a Class Action was denied.