May 6 2021
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against travel insurance company Allianz over its discriminatory practice of categorically denying insurance claims for Washingtonians who had to cancel or reschedule their travel plans because of mental health events.
Mar 31 2021
AG Ferguson: Air cargo handler must pay $168K for unlawfully discriminating against pregnant, disabled employees, end discriminatory practices
SEATTLE — As a result of a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a California-based air cargo handler must end its practice of discriminating against pregnant and disabled employees, in violation of the Washington Law Against Discrimination. The company, Matheson Flight Extenders, must also pay $168,500, which will compensate harmed employees.
Mar 23 2021
AG Ferguson: Mesh manufacturer Boston Scientific will pay more than $8.8 million for failing to disclose risks of its transvaginal mesh devices
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Boston Scientific, a medical device manufacturer, will pay more than $8.8 million to Washington for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices.
Mar 18 2021
A Superior Court judge in Spokane has denied an attempt by Greyhound Lines Inc. to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit against the national bus line company. The lawsuit, filed in April, seeks to hold Greyhound accountable for its practice of allowing U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agents to board its buses and conduct warrantless and suspicionless immigration sweeps of Greyhound passengers at the Spokane Intermodal Center, and repeatedly refusing to implement reforms to protect its passengers.
Mar 18 2021
Jueza de Spokane rechaza el intento de Greyhound de despedir la demanda del Procurador General (AG) Ferguson
Ayer, una jueza de la Corte Superior de Spokane rechazó el intento de Greyhound Lines, Inc. de despedir la demanda del Procurador General Bob Ferguson contra la compañía nacional de línea de autobuses. La demanda, presentada al pasado abril, busca responsabilizar a Greyhound por permitir que los agentes de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los EE. UU.(U.S. Customs & Border Protection) (CBP) aborden los autobuses para llevar a cabo redadas de los pasajeros de Greyhound sin contar con órdenes judiciales ni sospecha razonable en el Spokane Intermodal Center, y por negarse repetidamente a implementar reformas para proteger a los pasajeros.
Feb 22 2021
AG Ferguson: Walla Walla County berry farm must pay $350,000 over sexual assault, harassment of farm workers
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Great Columbia Berry Farms LLC, a blueberry grower in Walla Walla County, will pay $350,000 as a result of his office’s civil rights enforcement action. The lawsuit asserts one of the company’s managers, Jose Luis Contreras Ramirez, raped at least one female worker, sexually harassed several female workers over the course of years and retaliated against those workers who spoke out against his conduct. At least four women were affected by Contreras’s conduct.
Feb 22 2021
Procurador General Ferguson: Rancho de arándanos en el condado de Walla Walla pagará $350,000 debido a acoso sexual, asalto sexual de trabajadoras agrícolas
El Procurador General Bob Ferguson hoy anunció que Great Columbia Berry Farms, LLC, un cultivador de arándanos del condado de Walla Walla, pagará $350,000 como resultado de una acción de derechos civiles por su oficina. La demanda afirma que uno de los mayordomos de la compañía, José Luis Contreras Ramírez, violó al menos a una empleada, acosó sexualmente a varias empleadas durante años y tomó represalias contra dichas empleadas por denunciar su conducta. Al menos cuatro mujeres fueron afectadas por la conducta de Contreras.
Jan 25 2021
AG Ferguson files lawsuit against national sorority for charging and threatening UW students in violation of eviction moratorium
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against the collegiate sorority Alpha Omicron Pi for unlawfully charging University of Washington (UW) students more than $6,000 in rent even though the students could not access or live in sorority housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alpha Omicron Pi, a national, Tennessee-based sorority, also illegally charged late fees and threatened students with suspensions of their sorority memberships and damage to their credit if they did not pay.
Jan 20 2021
AG Ferguson: Low-income housing provider to pay $50,000 to resolve lawsuit over illegal threats to evict Spokane County tenants
SPOKANE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a Hayden, Idaho low-income housing provider, Whitewater Creek, will pay $50,000 after evidence revealed they illegally threatened tenants in April 2020 with eviction. In order to resolve Ferguson’s lawsuit, Whitewater Creek entered into a legally enforceable agreement to make this payment and will take additional accountability measures to avoid future violations of law. The Attorney General filed the resolution to his lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court.
Jan 11 2021
Tacoma judge imposes penalties in AG Ferguson’s first lawsuit to fight pregnancy discrimination using 2017’s Healthy Starts Act
TACOMA — A Tacoma judge has ordered over $41,000 in penalties and mandatory training for a FedEx contractor and its owner for firing a pregnant employee immediately after she asked for an accommodation. An accommodation is a reasonable change to the working environment to accommodate the pregnancy and the health conditions after the birth of the baby. The judge’s decision came in the first case brought to trial by the Attorney General’s Office under the 2017 “Healthy Starts Act.”