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How long does a person have to sue their employer if they were retaliated against for complaining about worker safety/health?

Seattle, WA |

I complained about employee health and safety to my employer and was fired the following week. Is there a 3 year timeframe to file a lawsuit against an employer? Despite a determination from L&I, can you still sue your employer?

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Unfortunately, this has become a very complicated question under Washington law. Essentially, you have to follow the whistle blower statute and its deadlines under L&I. Generally speaking, there is no separate claim any longer.

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