OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has ruled that the state's 2006 expansion of the anti-discrimination law to include gays and lesbians is not retroactive.
Thursday's ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by an employee of the University of Washington who alleged she was discriminated against by her supervisor and was subjected to a hostile work environment because she was gay. The high court says that while incidents that occurred prior to when the law took effect cannot be retroactively remedied, those incidents can be used in an overall hostile workplace case if the actions continued after June 2006, when the law took effect.
The case originated in King County Superior Court, where Debra Loeffelholz sued in May 2009, alleging that James Lukehart had discriminated against her.
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