The Washington State Association for Justice recently published an article by PCVA associate Andrew Ulmer. “Antidiscrimination in Youth Sports in a Post-Nassar World” discusses how the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) can be the best tool available when handling cases involving claims of sexual harassment.
Andrew reviews a tactic often employed by sports organizations where they attempt to move the goalposts regarding the appropriate standard of care. Essentially, the sports organizations argue that the standard of care applied to them regarding sexual abuse has recently changed. Therefore, they cannot be held to a standard that was not in place a few decades ago.
In response, Andrew and other PCVA attorneys have argued that the places in which the sexual abuse cases occurred were, in fact, places of public accommodation, and, as such, protection should have been provided.