SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6266
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Amondson and McMullen)
Read first time 02/07/92.
AN ACT Relating to employee privacy; and adding a new section to chapter 49.44 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 49.44 RCW to read as follows:
(1) It is unlawful for an employer to refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise disadvantage any individual, with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because the individual engages in the consumption of lawful products off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours, provided the individual complies with applicable laws or policies regulating that consumption of lawful products on the premises of the employer during working hours.
(2) It is not unlawful or an unfair employment practice under this section for an employer to offer, impose, or have in effect a health, disability, or life insurance policy that makes distinctions between employees for the type of coverage or the coverage based upon the employees' consumption of lawful products if:
(a) Differential premium rates charged employees reflect a differential cost to the employer; and
(b) The employer provides employees with a written statement delineating differential rates used by insurance carriers.
(3) It is not unlawful or an unfair employment practice under this section for an employer to discharge an individual or otherwise disadvantage an individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment if that decision is based on the individual's failure to meet job performance standards set by the employer.
(4) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not be deemed to protect any consumption of lawful products that:
(a) Materially threatens an employer's legitimate conflict of interest policy reasonably designed to protect the employer's trade secrets, proprietary information, or other proprietary interests; or
(b) Relates to a bona fide occupational requirement and is reasonably and rationally related to the employment activities and responsibilities of a particular employee or a particular group of employees, rather than to all employees of the employer.
(5) The court shall award the prevailing party in an action under this section court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees.
(6) In addition to other provisions of this title, the remedy for any individual claiming to be aggrieved by a violation of this section is a civil action for damages which includes all wages and benefits deprived the individual by reason of the violation.