WAC 162-22-030     Affirmative action and reporting.

     (1) The commission will recognize a different definition of disability for purposes of affirmative action and reporting than for purposes of law enforcement. The emphasis in law enforcement is to leave no one out. The emphasis in affirmative action must be to avoid including in so many persons that statistics become meaningless. None of us is a perfect sensory, mental, or physical specimen. Theoretically, every person faces the possibility of being discriminated against because of disability -although some very remotely. It is therefore necessary to restrict the definition of disability for purposes of affirmative action and reports on the use of workers with disabilities to disabilities that are significant and permanent.

     (2) An appropriate definition of disability for affirmative action and reporting purposes is the following, which is already in use by the Washington state department of personnel:

"Disabled: Persons with physical, mental, or sensory impairments that would impede that individual in obtaining and maintaining permanent employment and promotional opportunities. The impairments must be material rather than slight; static and permanent in that they are seldom fully corrected by medical replacement, therapy, or surgical means."

[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3) and 1997 c 271. 98-08-035, 162-22-030, filed 3/23/98, effective 4/23/98; Order 22, 162-22-030, filed 5/23/75.]