Human Rights Commission - Current Law

RCW 49.60

The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate and prevent discrimination throughout Washington through investigation and enforcement of violations of the Washington Law Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60. Commission staff are responsible for investigating and resolving complaints relating to employment; real estate transactions; credit and insurance transactions; in places of public accommodation based on race; creed; color; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; marital status; familial status; age; disability; honorably discharged veterans or military status; HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability; status as a mother breastfeeding her child; whistleblower retaliation of the following types: state employees, state hospital residents or employees, conveyances, in matters involving the Department of Health, health care, DSHS Public Benefits; and retaliation for opposing an unfair practice. Administrative support provides the infrastructure to ensure that the core work of the agency can be done effectively and efficiently. The five commission members, appointed by the Governor, engage in rule making, set overall agency policy direction and approve all findings for complaints investigated by staff.

Agency Mission

The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources and the establishment of productive partnerships with the community.
Request 11,675,000
Net change from current biennium 2,119,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 22.2% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
2,706,000 General Fund - Federal 1,622,876 2,706,000 3,010,000
State Agency Ofc Relocat Pool Acct - Nonappropriated
Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated 150,780
6,850,000 General Fund - State 4,746,236 6,850,000 8,665,000
Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 190,000
9,556,000 Total Appropriated Funds 6,709,892 9,556,000 11,675,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 3,440,860 3,495,156 1,285,660 5,840,000 5,835,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
932,292 16.1% (1,929,076) (28.7%) 6,894,184 144.2%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 24.7 26.3 26.5 45.7 50.6