Brush Fire

The Ninth Circuit revived a suit brought by a group of landowners against the U.S. over a brush fire, which burned thousands of acres, that ignited during an Army training exercise at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. There were discrepancies in witness statements as to the weather and conditions updates a commander received on the day of the fire.

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Workers’ Comp

A Washington state law that amended a workers’ compensation scheme for workers at a decommissioned federal nuclear production site does not discriminate against the federal government, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The law established for workers at the site a presumption that certain conditions and cancers are occupational diseases.

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Alex Azar

Washington state sued Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in federal court, for “strip(ping) sexual orientation, sex stereotyping and gender identity from the definition of prohibited sex discrimination” in a Final Rule of June 19, four days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Bostock v. Clayton County, that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status is unlawful discrimination because of sex.”

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Sexual Misconduct

In answers to two certified questions from a federal court, the Washington Supreme Court held that a school district can be subject to strict liability for discrimination in places of public accommodation by its employees and, under the meaning of state law protecting people from certain discriminatory practices, intentional sexual misconduct can amount to discrimination. 

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