Washington Government Agencies

1. Discrimination/Harassment
2. Safety & Health (workplace health & safety complaints and information)
3. Unemployment Insurance
4. Wage & Hour/Labor Standards Violations
5. Workers’ Compensation (for work related injuries and illness)

1. Discrimination/Harassment

For more information about filing a discrimination or harassment claim in Washington, see our page on filing a discrimination complaint: Washington

Discrimination/Harassment – State Agency

Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC)

Olympia Headquarters Office
711 S. Capitol Way, #402
P.O. Box 42490
Olympia, WA 98504-2490
Phone: (360) 753-6770
Toll-Free: (800) 233-3247
TTY: (800) 300-7525
Fax: (360) 586-2282

Areas Served: Western Washington and the Olympics, including Pierce, Thurston, Clark, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Kitsap Counties

Spokane District Office
Great Western Building, #416
West 905 Riverside Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201-1099
Phone: (509) 456-4473
Fax: (509) 456-4441

Areas Served: Eastern Washington, including Spokane, Whitman, Okanogan, Lincoln, Ferry, and Stevens Counties

Seattle District Office
Melbourne Tower, #921
1511 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-1626
Phone: (206) 464-6500
Toll-Free: (800) 605-7324
TTY: (206) 587-5168
Fax: (206) 464-7463

Areas Served: Central and North Puget Sound, including King, Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, Island, and Whatcom Counties

Yakima District Office
Liberty Building, # 422
32 North Third Street
Yakima, WA 98901-2730
Phone: (509) 575-2772
Toll-Free: (800) 662-2755 (se habla espanol)
Fax: (509) 575-2064

Areas Served: Central Washington, including Yakima, Kittitas, Chelan, Benton, Walla Walla, and Klickitat Counties

Web Address: http://www.hum.wa.gov/

Agency Description/Mission: The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to eliminate and prevent discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community. The Washington State Human Rights Commission (Commission) enforces the Law Against Discrimination. The Commission works to prevent and eliminate discrimination by investigating human rights complaints and providing education and training opportunities throughout the state. Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination.

Discrimination/Harassment – Local Offices of Federal Agency (EEOC)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Seattle District Office
Federal Office Building
909 First Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104-1061
Phone: (206) 220-6883
TTY: (206) 220-6882

For more information about this agency, see the EEOC section of our page on federal agencies

2. Safety & Health (workplace health & safety complaints and information)

Washington Department of Labor and Industries

WISHA Services Division
P.O. Box 44600
Olympia, WA 98504-4001
Phone: (360) 902-5433
Toll-Free: (800) 4BE-SAFE (800-423-7233)
Fax: (360) 902-5529

Web Address: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/default.asp

Agency Description/Information: The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) took effect in 1973. In 1976 it became the nation’s first fully operational state safety and health plan approved by the federal government. WISHA gives the Department of Labor and Industries a primary responsibility for worker health and safety in Washington.

Frequently Asked Questions: WISHA

A Guide to WISHA

File a Complaint

3. Unemployment Insurance

Washington Employment Security Department
King County TeleCenter

P.O. Box 47076
Seattle, WA 98146-7076
Phone: (206) 766-6000 (English) (206) 766-6063 (Spanish)
Toll-Free: (800) 362-4636 (English) (800) 360-2271 (Spanish)
TDD: (800) 365-8969
Fax: (206) 766-6178
Toll-Free Fax: (877) 766-6178

Spokane TeleCenter
P.O. Box 14857
Spokane, WA 99214-0857
Phone: (509) 893-7000 (English) (509) 893-7063 (Spanish)
Toll-Free: (800) 362-4636 (English) (800) 360-2271 (Spanish)
TDD: (800) 365-8969
Fax: (509) 893-7077
Toll-Free Fax: (877) 893-7077

Web Address: http://www.esd.wa.gov/

Agency Description/Mission: Unemployment Insurance is designed and intended to provide partial wage replacement for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. In the State of Washington, Unemployment Insurance is administered by the Employment Security Department.

Unemployment Benefits

Frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits

Online Unemployment Insurance Application

You’ve applied for benefits. Now what?

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards – State Agency

Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Specialty Compliance Services Division, Employment Standards Section
Street Address (for use with FedEx, UPS, etc. only): 7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
Mailing Address: PO Box 44400 or Mail Stop 4400
Olympia, WA 98504-4400
Phone: (360) 902-5316
Fax: (360) 902-5300

Web Address: http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/default.asp

Wage & Hour information

Get a Form or Publication

Minimum Wage

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards – Local Offices of Federal Agency (DOL)

Wahkiakum and Klickitat Counties:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
ESA Wage & Hour Division
Portland District Office
1515 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Suite 1040
Portland, OR 97201-5445
Phone: (503) 326-3057
Fax: (503) 326-5951

Remainder of State and Alaska:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
ESA Wage & Hour Division
Seattle Office
1111 Third Avenue, Suite 755
Seattle, WA 98101-3212
Phone: (206) 553-4482
Fax: (206) 553-2883

For more information about this agency, see the U.S. Department of Labor section of our page on federal agencies

5. Workers’ Compensation (for job-related injuries or illness)

Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Industrial Insurance Services Division
Street Address: 7273 Linderson Way, SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-5414
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 44200
Olympia, WA 98504-4100
Phone: (360) 902-4213
Toll-Free Automated Claims Information: (800) 831-5227
Toll-Free Assistance Line: (800) LISTENS (1-800-547-8367)
TDD: (360) 902-5797
Fax: (360) 902-5035

Web Address: http://www.lni.wa.gov/claimsins/claims/

Injured? What you need to know

Filing a Claim

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–Ann McGinley, co-director of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Workplace Law Program and author of Masculinity At Work: Employment Discrimination Through A Different Lens

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from National Woman's Law Center

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