WAC 162-22-060 Preference for disabled is not an unfair practice. The law against discrimination says that it is an unfair practice to discriminate against a person because of the presence of any disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Discrimination in favor of a person because of the person's disability is not an unfair practice. Stating the same thing inversely, discrimination against a person because the person is not disabled is not an unfair practice. This nonreciprocal operation is different from the operation of the statutes in all other areas, except for age discrimination. For example, it is an unfair practice for an employer to discriminate either for or against persons of any race or either sex.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3) and 1997 c 271. 98-08-035, § 162-22-060, filed 3/23/98, effective 4/23/98; Order 23, § 162-22-060, filed 7/21/75.]