Statutes of limitations are actually laws enacted by the government in addition to local governments.
All of these laws set the the highest possible period of time following an incident within which legal proceedings can be initiated.
The Washington statutes (laws) of limitations are Washington Revised Code § 4.16.005 et seq.
Wrongful discharge cases usually see 3 kinds of claims. Each has unique statute of limitations. Being aware of the time constraints is extremely important, seeing that litigation may be dismissed if begun at a later time.
Statute of limitations by type of claim
In the state of Washington, the statute of limitations on contractual cases is defined by the state. The time limits for written vs oral contracts can differ.
- Oral contracts: 3 years
- Written contracts: 6 years
Federal law establishes the statute of limitations on work discrimination cases, like sexual orientation discrimination, constructive discharge, workplace retaliation, disability or pregnancy.
- 180 days to file with EEOC
- 300 days if Washington law prohibits the discrimination as well
Washington state regulation sets the statute of limitations on submitting tort (personal injury) claims, such as willful infliction of emotional distress or discharge in violation of public policy.
- Tort claims: 3 years
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