Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.
State, county, and city governments and other organizations often have a place to report discrimination including, but not limited to, the resources listed below:
- Washington State Human Rights Commission
Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination at work, in housing, in a public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance. Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination for employers, housing providers, and businesses.
- King County Office of Civil Rights
Our office has authority to handle discrimination complaints only for King County government and for employers, housing providers, and businesses in the unincorporated parts of King County (outside the cities).
- Seattle Office for Civil Rights
This office upholds laws that protect you against discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places within Seattle city limits.
Understand workplace rights and responsibilities
- Washington paid sick leave
Employees have rights, and employers have significant responsibilities under Washington's Paid Sick Leave law, which was passed by voters in 2016 as part of Initiative 1433. As of Jan. 1, 2018, employers in Washington state are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees.
- Washington paid family leave
Paid Family and Medical Leave is a benefit for Washington workers. It’s here for you when a serious health condition prevents you from working or when you need time to care for a family member, bond with a new child or spend time with a family member preparing for military service overseas.
- City of Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time
The City of Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance requires employers operating in Seattle to provide all employees with paid leave to care for themselves or a family member with a physical or mental health condition, medical appointment, or a critical safe issue.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Public Health — Seattle & King County Director of Equity, Matías Valenzuela and President of International Community Health Services, Teresita Batayola on stigma, COVID-19, and resources for reporting discrimination on KING-5 News, Feb. 14, 2020.
- Statement on coronavirus: Immigrant and refugee communities urge everyone to counter bias and harassment
- The coronavirus and the long history of blaming ‘the other’ in public health crises, Washington Post
- History of Racism and Sickness, Washington Post
- Tool to Identify and Handle Microaggressions, Univ. of CA, Santa Cruz
- It takes all of us to reduce stigma during disease outbreaks, Washington State Dept. of Health
- Video: Getting Called Out: How to Apologize
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