State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Morgan, Jinkins, Harris, Bergquist, Appleton, Cody, Tharinger, Pollet, Fey, Tarleton, Goodman, Pettigrew, Doglio, Senn, Lovick, Dolan, Kilduff, Ryu, Thai, Stanford, Lekanoff, Wylie, Slatter, Hansen, Shewmake, Robinson, Chapman, Santos, Walen, Chopp, Fitzgibbon, Hudgins, Leavitt, Macri, Valdez, Irwin, Reeves, Pellicciotti, Frame, and Ormsby
Read first time 02/12/19.Referred to Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations.
AN ACT Relating to harassment and discrimination by legislators and legislative branch employees; and adding a new section to chapter 42.52 RCW.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 42.52 RCW to read as follows:
(1) No legislator or employee of the legislative branch may unlawfully harass or unlawfully discriminate against:
(a) Another legislator or employee of the legislative branch;
(b) Any person who interacts with legislators or employees of the legislative branch on state property; or
(c) Any person who interacts with legislators or employees of the legislative branch on official state business.
(2) For purposes of this section:
(a) "Unlawfully harass" means to engage in an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, when the act:
(i) Physically harms a person or damages the person's property;
(ii) Has the effect of substantially interfering with the person's work;
(iii) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment;
(iv) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the workplace; or
(v) Constitutes sexual harassment.
(b) "Sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature if:
(i) Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining employment;
(ii) Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment; or
(iii) That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
(c) "Unlawfully discriminate" means to discriminate based on a person's race; creed; color; national origin; gender; gender expression or identity; sexual orientation; religion; marital status; family status; pregnancy; military or veteran status; age; genetic status; physical, mental, or sensory disability; use of a service animal; or any other status protected by federal or state law.
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