During its 1949 session, the legislature of the state of Washington enacted Chapter 183, a law known as "The Law against Discrimination in Employment." That law follows in a general way the form and the substance of the New York law entitled, "Law against Discrimination," enacted in 1945, but the authors of the Washington Act adopted some of the provisions of the Connecticut Act relating to procedure. Note will be taken of differences between the Washington law and the law of other states having similar legislation. The Washington law declares that practices of discrimnation because of race, creed, color, or national origin are matters of state concern and menace the foundations of a free democratic state. It also declares that the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination because of race, creed, color, or national origin is recognized as a civil right.
Frank P. Helsell,
The Law Against Discrimination in Employment,
25 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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