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Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Washington should know.


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Washington state was 39 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts: Washington has 39 Superior Courts which are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. Superior Courts oversee all civil and criminal matters occurring within a county’s boundary.
  • Appellate Courts: The Washington Court of Appeals has three divisions, based in Tacoma, Seattle, and Spokane that consider appeals in civil and criminal cases from the Superior Courts.
  • The State Court of Appeals has mandatory jurisdiction and must hear all civil and criminal appeals that are filed with the court while the Washington Supreme Court has discretionary jurisdiction.
  • Supreme Court of Washington is the highest court in the state. Almost all the cases that the Court hears are appeals from the Washington Court of Appeals. The court has original jurisdiction over a small number of cases. These original cases are mostly known as “writ” or “mandamus” actions to force a state official to do or not do an official act of government.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Washington are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ban the Box

  • Washington does not have a statewide ban the box law.
  • City and County Ban the Box: Seattle and Spokane

Credit Reports

Washington has a law that restricts the use of credit reports in the hiring process. Passed legislation in 2007 restricting the use of pre-employment credit reports in situations where the information is “substantially job related” and the employer’s reasons are disclosed in writing, or where credit is required by law.

Other Limitations on Screening for Employers

The Washington Human Rights Commission makes it illegal for an employer to inquire about arrests that have occurred in the last 10 years unless the employer inquires about whether charges are pending, have been dismissed, or led to conviction of a crime that would adversely affect job performance.

Medical Marijuana

The state of Washington has laws which legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.

Social Media

The state of Washington restricts or limits private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.