November 11, 2019

Perhaps, by working in the Puget Sound, I view the issue of flexible workdays, flexible workweeks and telecommuting differently than, perhaps someone living in a less congested area of the state. For the last 10 years, my firm has focused on changing the how, when and...

September 8, 2019

Did you know that women in Washington were paid on average 78 cents per dollar for every dollar their male counterparts made in 2017?

According to a 2018 study by the American Association of University Women, that rate ranks our state as 35th when it comes to gender pay...

July 8, 2017

When I wrote my post on June 18, 2017, I was looking forward to seeing the oral argument in Amazon v. Smartsheet.  This lawsuit had all the things that make a case worth following:

1. Known Players: Amazon and Smartsheet (maybe not known as well as the Big A, but still...

June 18, 2017

When most of us think about Amazon, the first thing that comes to mind is Amazon Prime. Who doesn’t love their Amazon Prime? Amazon is into a lot more than just Prime. One of the major parts of Amazon is Amazon Web Services (“AWS”). AWS is  a secure cloud services plat...

July 11, 2016

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its ruling in Demetrio v. Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. While the case involved agricultural workers the implications of the decision reach every employer is Washington that pays their employees on a f...

June 11, 2015


Those of you that follow this Blog, know that when it comes to romance, I have no use for it in the workplace. (Don’t send me an email about how you met your spouse at work. In my book you are the exception not the rule.) Don’t pass out when yo...

May 16, 2015

My practice involves representing employees and management. I see how sexual harassment is perceived by the employer and the employee. This week I want to share some observations about the sexual harassment in the workplace. Before I start, a couple of disclaimers. Fir...

May 12, 2015

As a young lawyer (yes, I know that was a LONG time ago), I remember having heated debates with the firm’s partners about implementing new technology. Back in those days the new technology craze was the personal computer. No one had a clue about this thing called the I...

May 6, 2015

CSI is one of the most popular shows on television. It spawned a number of spinoffs: CSI:NY, CSI: Miami and, now, CSI Cyber. Regardless of the name or the cast, the theme is the same. Horrific crime that seems impossible to solve but for the ability of the members of t...

April 28, 2015

“Back in the Day, ” as my daughter calls it, we wrote letters and sent them by “snail mail.” That has changed. Email has replaced the letter as the preferred method of business communication it will probably remain that way unless the Postal Service can figure out how...

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Rod Stephens created the Washington Employment Law Blog in 2016 with the goal of sharing new and noteworthy items relating to employment law with employers, human resources personnel, and executives in Washington. 

His day job: licensed employment lawyer in the state of Washington, with specialties in: 

• Sexual Harassment

• Gender Discrimination

• Race Discrimination 

• Age Discrimination


• Disability Discrimination

• Sexual Orientation Discrimination

• National Origin Discrimination

• Religious Discrimination

• Veteran Status Discrimination

• Retaliation Claims

• Wrongful Discharge

• Wage and Hours Claims

• Uniform Trade Secrets Act Claims

• Severance Agreements

• Employment Contracts, including Executive Compensation Agreements

Trade Secrets/Confidentiality Agreements

• Non-Competition Agreements

• Non-Solicitation Agreements

• Employment Handbooks


I am not giving you specific legal advice and, just because you subscribe or read this blog, I am not your lawyer. Don’t rely on anything I say in this blog because the discussions are general in nature. Always get the advice of your lawyer before making an important legal decision.

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