MacDonald Hoague and Bayless has been helping victims of harassment based on sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, and other protected characteristics for over 50 years.
Harassment based on sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity and other protected characteristics is a form of discrimination prohibited by federal and/or state law. We represent employees harassed in the workplace as well as members of the public subjected harassment by places of public accommodation, such as restaurants and stores. We have represented employees who have faced nooses, racial taunts and slurs at work; who have been physically assaulted; who have been required to submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; women who have been harassed because they are pregnant; and employees who have been retaliated against for speaking out against harassment. We have also represented clients on behalf of fair housing organizations, Legal Voice, the ACLU, the NAACP, and other community organizations which protect the rights of victims of harassment.
Our attorneys are committed to addressing issues of harassment in the legislature and community as well as in the courts. We have fought successfully for laws which expand protections for pregnant women and preserve the privacy of medical records for victims of harassment. Our lawyers have written chapters on harassment in Washington’s Employment Law Deskbook, served on the of the Washington Pattern Jury Instruction Employment Law subcommittee, and served on boards and committees of organizations such as the ACLU, Legal Voice, the King County Bar Association and the Washington Bar Association.