SB 6471

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Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Developing model policies to create workplaces that are safe from sexual harassment.

Sponsors: Senators Keiser, Walsh, Rolfes, Dhingra, Bailey, Darneille, Hasegawa, Frockt, Conway, Chase, Kuderer and Saldaña.

Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce

House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards

Background: The Human Rights Commission (HRC) enforces and administers the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). Under the WLAD, a person has the right to be free from discrimination related to a protected status, such as race, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, and disability. An employer may not discriminate against a person because of one's protected status. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under the WLAD.

Summary: The HRC must convene a work group to develop model policies and best practices for employers and employees to keep workplaces safe from sexual harassment. The HRC must adopt model policies and best practices developed by the work group and post the model policies and best practices on its website by January 1, 2019. Within 30 days of the HRC adopting model policies and best practices, the Department of Labor and Industries must post the policies and best practices on its website.

To the extent practicable, the work group should have membership from the following groups:

In developing best practices, the work group should consider:

Votes on Final Passage:







(House amended)




(Senate concurred)


June 7, 2018