Guide to Disability and WA State Nondiscrimination Laws
Authored By: WA State Human Rights Commission
In Washington State, the Legislature has enacted a broad definition of disability that increases protections for persons with medical, psychological, and other impairments. The Washington definition is different than the definition found in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – it is broader, covers more medical conditions, and is not restricted to a condition that substantially limits a major life activity. Temporary conditions, including pregnancy related disabilities, can be included under the protections.