Chapter 2.460
Snohomish County Human Rights Commission

Sections:

2.460.010    Statement of policy.

2.460.020    Commission on human rights created.

2.460.030    Powers and duties of commission.

2.460.040    Appointment to commission - qualifications, terms, organization.

2.460.050    Office of human rights created.

2.460.060    Definitions.

2.460.070    Unlawful discrimination by employers.

2.460.080    Unlawful discrimination by labor unions.

2.460.090    Unlawful discrimination by employment agencies.

2.460.100    Age discrimination - limitation.

2.460.110    Unlawful discrimination with respect to credit transactions.

2.460.120    Unlawful discrimination by places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, amusement.

2.460.130    Unlawful discrimination with respect to real estate transactions, facilities, or services.

2.460.140    Unlawful discrimination with respect to blockbusting.

2.460.150    Relief for unlawful discrimination in real estate transaction - damages, penalty.

2.460.160    County facilities, services, and programs.

2.460.170    County contracts.

2.460.180    Unlawful discrimination to aid violation - retaliation.

2.460.190    Misdemeanor to interfere with office of human rights.

2.460.200    Application within cities and towns.

2.460.210    Complaints may be filed with office of human rights.

2.460.220    Investigation of complaints, conference, conciliation, findings, rules.

2.460.230    Hearing examiner to hear complaints - penalties, order.

2.460.240    Enforcement of orders of hearing examiner.

2.460.250    Appeal from orders of hearing examiner.

2.460.260    Relation to other laws.

2.460.270    Short title.

2.460.280    Repealed.

2.460.290    Implementation to be phased.

2.460.010 Statement of policy.

Prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination occasioned thereby threaten the rights and privileges of the county’s inhabitants and menace the institutions and foundation of a free democratic state. It is the policy of the county to reject discrimination which denies equal treatment to any individual because of his or her race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided in the law against discrimination, chapter 49.60 RCW, and this chapter. This ordinance is adopted to assure that persons within unincorporated Snohomish County are protected in the enjoyment of their civil rights and to promote mutual understanding and respect among all who live or work within the county. This chapter shall be liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit rights granted under the laws of the state of Washington or the United States.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.020 Commission on human rights created.

Pursuant to those powers inherent in the home rule charter county, there is hereby created the Snohomish county commission on human rights. Membership consists of nine members appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the county council pursuant to the county charter and this chapter. The commission shall have the powers and duties set out in this chapter, except that implementation of this chapter shall be phased as provided in SCC 2.460.290. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for mileage and other reasonable expenses approved by the county executive or office of human rights as provided in SCC 2.03.070.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Ord. 13-110, Dec. 18, 2013, Eff date Dec. 30, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016; Amended by Ord. 16-080, Oct. 12, 2016, Eff date Oct. 27, 2016; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-023, May 17, 2017, Eff date June 1, 2017).

2.460.030 Powers and duties of commission.

(1) The commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the county executive, county council, office of human rights, and other county officers and agencies in matters concerning human rights. The commission shall have authority to:

(a) Advise and consult with the county executive and council on all matters involving unlawful discrimination, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, and recommend executive or legislative action when needed to effectuate the policy of this chapter;

(b) Advise and consult with the county executive and council and other county officers and agencies on assuring and improving equality of county services to all eligible persons;

(c) Advise and consult with the department of human resources and other county officers and agencies on the development and implementation of programs to train county employees in methods of dealing with intergroup relations in order to develop respect for equal rights and to achieve equality of inhabitants regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability;

(d) Advise and consult with the office of human rights and hearing examiner on adoption of rules as may be needed to implement this chapter;

(e) Advise and consult with the county executive and council on preparation and implementation of affirmative action plans required by chapter 3.57 SCC;

(f) Apply for grants and conduct research, public forums, and educational programs relating to tensions between or practices of unlawful discrimination affecting racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and social groups within the county: PROVIDED, That acceptance of grants requires county council approval;

(g) Conduct public hearings to ascertain the status and treatment of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and social groups within the county; means of alleviating unlawful discrimination within the county; and means of improving human relations within the county;

(h) Issue such publications as may assist in the performance of its functions, subject to appropriation of necessary funds; and

(i) Propose to the county executive and council written agreements between the county and any municipal government within the county, or any state or federal agency, providing for joint processing, transfer, or referral for processing and investigation of complaints alleging unlawful discrimination within the meaning of this chapter.

(j) Advise the county executive and council on all matters involving human rights, including but not limited to unlawful discrimination, and shall recommend executive or legislative action when needed to effectuate the policy of the county charter section 9.05.

(2) At least one commissioner shall reside in each county council district.

(3) The commission shall meet at least quarterly.

(4) The commission shall submit annual reports to the county executive and council on the activities and any recommendations of the commission, which reports shall be published by the county executive.

(5) The commission shall provide an annual report back to the council first quarter of each year on the previous year’s activity.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-023, May 17, 2017, Eff date June 1, 2017).

2.460.040 Appointment to commission - qualifications, terms, organization.

(1) The commission shall consist of nine members to include one member who resides in each council district and four at-large members. Of the four at-large members, one at-large member shall represent the law enforcement community. The second at-large member shall represent the county executive. Notwithstanding, SCC 2.03.060(3), any at-large member may be a county employee. Appointments shall be made in accordance with chapter 2.03 SCC, except that nominations of at-large members representing law enforcement shall be made in consultation with the county sheriff, and nominations for the other two general at-large members shall be made after providing an opportunity for commission members to recommend potential nominees based on recommendations made from sitting commissioners and/or community recommendations. Nominations of other than at-large members shall be made after providing an opportunity for the council member representing the district for which the nomination is made to recommend potential nominees.

(2) In addition to meeting the requirements of SCC 2.03.060, each member of the commission must reside within the county. In nominating and confirming members of the commission the county executive and council shall take into account the diversity of communities and conditions protected by this chapter, and shall seek input from the affected communities.

(3) All terms shall be for three years and shall be based on the following initial expiration dates for each position:

District 1:

July 1, 2015

District 2:

July 1, 2016

District 3:

July 1, 2014

District 4:

July 1, 2014

District 5:

July 1, 2016

Executive:

July 1, 2015

Law Enforcement:

July 1, 2016

General Position 1:

July 1, 2015

General Position 2:

July 1, 2017

(4) Vacancies on the commission shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments. Members may be removed by the county council for incompetence, substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct, violation of law, or as authorized by SCC 2.03.080: PROVIDED, That the member is provided written notice stating with particularity the grounds for removal and an opportunity to respond prior to final council action.

(5) At its first meeting after July 1st of each year the commission shall elect from its membership a chairperson and a vice-chairperson. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the commission, except that the vice-chairperson shall preside in the absence of the chairperson.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Ord. 13-110, Dec. 18, 2013, Eff date Dec. 30, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 15-068, Mar. 23, 2016, Eff date Mar. 30, 2016; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016; Amended by Ord. 16-080, Oct. 12, 2016, Eff date Oct. 27, 2016).

2.460.050 Office of human rights created.

(1) There is hereby created as an executive department of county government an office of human rights. The office shall be responsible for administration and enforcement of this chapter. The office shall provide staff support to the commission established by SCC 2.460.020 to the extent consistent with budgetary constraints.

(2) The office shall be headed by an executive director who shall be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the county council as provided in SCC 3.68.030. Prior to appointing an executive director the county executive shall consult with the commission and provide an opportunity for the commission to recommend candidates and to interview candidates considered by the executive. The executive director may appoint staff as provided for in the applicable annual or biennial county budget.

(3) The executive director may, after consultation with the commission, adopt procedural rules to promote efficient and effective enforcement of this chapter. Such rules may address time requirements for filing and processing complaints, issuance of subpoenas in connection with office enforcement activities, and other matters relating to enforcement of this chapter: PROVIDED, That rules of procedure governing proceedings before the hearing examiner under SCC 2.460.230 shall be adopted by the hearing examiner. Rules for processing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination with respect to real estate transactions pursuant to SCC 2.460.130-2.460.140 shall be consistent with the federal fair housing amendments act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3601 et seq.) and shall not exceed or be more restrictive than the requirements or standards of that act.

(4) Operation of this section shall be suspended for an indefinite period pending further action by ordinance as provided in SCC 2.460.290.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.060 Definitions.

In this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise,

(1) "Age" means between 40 and 70 years of age;

(2) "Any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement" includes, but is not limited to, any place, licensed or unlicensed, kept for gain, hire, or reward, or where charges are made for admission, service, occupancy, or use of any property or facilities, whether conducted for the entertainment, housing, or lodging of transient guests, or for the benefit, use, or accommodation of those seeking health, recreation, or rest, or for the burial or other disposition of human remains, or for the sale of goods, merchandise, services, or personal property, or for the rendering of personal services, or for public conveyance or transportation on land, water, or in the air, including the stations and terminals thereof and the garaging of vehicles, or where food or beverages of any kind are sold for consumption on the premises, or where public amusement, entertainment, sports, or recreation of any kind is offered with or without charge, or where medical service or care is made available, or where the public gathers, congregates, or assembles for amusement, recreation, or public purposes, or public halls, public elevators, and public washrooms of buildings and structures occupied by two or more tenants, or by the owner and one or more tenants, or any public library or educational institution, or schools of special instruction, or nursery schools, or day care centers or children’s camps: PROVIDED, That nothing contained in this definition shall be construed to include or apply to any institute, bona fide club, or place of accommodation, which is by its nature distinctly private, including fraternal organizations, though where public use is permitted that use shall be covered by this chapter; nor shall anything contained in this definition apply to any educational facility, columbarium, crematory, mausoleum, or cemetery operated or maintained by a bona fide religious or sectarian institution;

(3) "Commission" means the Snohomish county commission on human rights created by SCC 2.460.020;

(4) "Complainant" means a person who has filed a complaint under authority of SCC 2.460.210;

(5) "Covered multifamily dwelling" means (a) buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units if such buildings have one or more elevators, and (b) ground floor dwelling units in other buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units;

(6) "Credit transaction" includes any open or closed end credit transaction, whether in the nature of a loan, retail installment transaction, credit card issue or charge, or otherwise, and whether for personal or for business purposes, in which a service, finance, or interest charge is imposed, or which provides for repayment in scheduled payments, when such credit is extended in the regular course of any trade or commerce, including but not limited to transactions by banks, savings and loan associations or other financial lending institutions of whatever nature, stock brokers, or by a merchant or mercantile establishment which as part of its ordinary business permits or provides that payment for purchases of property or service therefrom may be deferred;

(7) "Disability" means:

(a) The presence of a sensory, mental, or physical impairment that

(i) is medically cognizable or diagnosable; or

(ii) exists as a record or history; or

(iii) is perceived to exist whether or not it exists in fact;

(b) A disability exists whether it is temporary or permanent, common or uncommon, mitigated or unmitigated, or whether or not it limits the ability to work generally or work at a particular job or whether or not it limits any other activity within the scope of this chapter;

(c) For purposes of this definition, "impairment" includes, but is not limited to:

(i) Any physiological disorder, or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: Neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory, including speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitor-urinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine; or

(ii) Any mental, developmental, traumatic, or psychological disorder, including but not limited to cognitive limitation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities;

(d) Only for the purposes of qualifying for reasonable accommodation in employment, an impairment must be known or shown through an interactive process to exist in fact and:

(i) The impairment must have a substantially limiting effect upon the individual’s ability to perform his or her job, the individual’s ability to apply or be considered for a job, or the individual’s access to equal benefits, privileges, or terms or conditions of employment; or

(ii) The employee must have put the employer on notice of the existence of an impairment, and medical documentation must establish a reasonable likelihood that engaging in job functions without an accommodation would aggravate the impairment to the extent that it would create a substantially limiting effect;

(e) For purposes of subsection (7)(d) of this section, a limitation is not substantial if it has only a trivial effect;

(8) "Dog guide" means a dog that is trained for the purpose of guiding blind persons or a dog that is trained for the purpose of assisting hearing impaired persons;

(9) "Dwelling" means any building, structure, or portion thereof that is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families, and any vacant land that is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, structure, or portion thereof;

(10) "Employee" does not include any individual employed by his or her parents, spouse, or child, or in the domestic service of any person;

(11) "Employer" includes the county and any person acting in the interest of an employer, directly or indirectly, who employs eight or more persons, and does not include any religious or sectarian organization not organized for private profit;

(12) "Employment agency" includes any person undertaking with or without compensation to recruit, procure, refer, or place employees for an employer;

(13) "Families with children status" means one or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen years being domiciled with a parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals, or with the designee of such parent or other person having such legal custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person. Families with children status also applies to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of eighteen years;

(14) "Full enjoyment of" includes the right to purchase any service, commodity, or article of personal property offered or sold on, or by, any establishment to the public, and the admission of any person to accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges of any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement, without acts directly or indirectly causing persons of any particular race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or with any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, to be treated as not welcome, accepted, desired, or solicited;

(15) "Honorably discharged veteran or military status" means a person who is:

(a) A veteran, as defined in RCW 41.14.007; or

(b) An active or reserve member in any branch of the armed forces of the United States, including the national guard, coast guard, and armed forces reserves;

(16) "Labor organization" includes any organization which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances or terms or conditions of employment, or for other mutual aid or protection in connection with employment;

(17) "Marital status" means the legal status of being married, single, separated, divorced, or widowed;

(18) "National origin" includes "ancestry;"

(19) "Person" includes one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, organizations, corporations, cooperatives, legal representatives, trustees and receivers, or any group of persons; it includes any owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, agent, or employee, whether one or more natural persons; and further includes any political or civil subdivisions of the state and any agency or instrumentality of the state or of any political or civil subdivision thereof;

(20) "Premises" means the interior or exterior spaces, parts, components, or elements of a building, including individual dwelling units and the public and common use areas of a building;

(21) "Real estate transaction" includes the sale, appraisal, brokering, exchange, purchase, rental, or lease of real property, transacting or applying for a real estate loan, or the provision of brokerage services;

(22) "Real property" includes buildings, structures, dwellings, real estate, lands, tenements, leaseholds, interests in real estate cooperatives, condominiums, and hereditaments, corporeal and incorporeal, or any interest therein;

(23) "Respondent" means one against whom a complaint has been filed under authority of SCC 2.460.210;

(24) "Service animal" means an animal that is trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a sensory, mental, or physical disability of a person with a disability;

(25) "Sex" means gender;

(26) "Sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. As used in this definition, "gender expression or identity" means having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth;

(27) "Unlawful discrimination" means conduct that is unlawful under SCC 2.460.070 - SCC 2.460.180.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.070 Unlawful discrimination by employers.

It is unlawful for any employer:

(1) To refuse to hire any person because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification: PROVIDED, That the prohibition against discrimination because of such disability shall not apply if the particular disability prevents the proper performance of the particular worker involved: PROVIDED, That this section shall not be construed to require an employer to establish employment goals or quotas based on sexual orientation.

(2) To discharge or bar any person from employment because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

(3) To discriminate against any person in compensation or in other terms or conditions of employment because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability: PROVIDED, That it shall not be an unlawful discrimination for an employer to segregate washrooms or locker facilities on the basis of sex, or to base other terms and conditions of employment on the sex of employees where the Washington state human rights commission by regulation or ruling in a particular instance has found the employment practice to be appropriate for the practical realization of equality of opportunity between the sexes.

(4) To print, or circulate, or cause to be printed or circulated any statement, advertisement, or publication, or to use any form of application for employment, or to make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment, which expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any intent to make any such limitation, specification, or discrimination, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification: PROVIDED, Nothing contained herein shall prohibit advertising in a foreign language.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.080 Unlawful discrimination by labor unions.

It is unlawful for any labor union or labor organization:

(1) To deny membership and full membership rights and privileges to any person because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

(2) To expel from membership any person because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

(3) To discriminate against any member, employer, employee, or other person to whom a duty of representation is owed because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.090 Unlawful discrimination by employment agencies.

It is unlawful for any employment agency to fail or refuse to classify properly or refer for employment, or otherwise to discriminate against, an individual because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or to print or circulate, or cause to be printed or circulated any statement, advertisement, or publication, or to use any form of application for employment, or to make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment, which expresses any limitation, specification or discrimination as to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, creed, color, or national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any intent to make any such limitation, specification, or discrimination, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification: PROVIDED, Nothing contained herein shall prohibit advertising in a foreign language.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.100 Age discrimination - limitation.

No person shall be considered to have engaged in a practice of unlawful discrimination on the basis of age discrimination unless the practice violates RCW 49.44.090. It is a defense to any complaint of an unlawful age discrimination that the practice does not violate RCW 49.44.090.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.110 Unlawful discrimination with respect to credit transactions.

(1) It is unlawful for any person whether acting for himself, herself, or another in connection with any credit transaction because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability:

(a) To deny credit to any person;

(b) To increase the charges or fees for or collateral required to secure any credit extended to any person;

(c) To restrict the amount or use of credit extended or to impose different terms or conditions with respect to the credit extended to any person or any item or service related thereto; or

(d) To attempt to do any of the unlawful acts defined in this section.

(2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit any party to a credit transaction from considering the credit history of any individual applicant.

(3) Further, nothing in this section shall prohibit any party to a credit transaction from considering the application of the community property law to the individual case or from taking reasonable action thereon.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.120 Unlawful discrimination by places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, amusement.

It is unlawful for any person or the person’s agent or employee to commit an act which directly or indirectly results in any distinction, restriction, or discrimination, or the requiring of any person to pay a larger sum than the uniform rates charged other persons, or the refusing or withholding from any person the admission, patronage, custom, presence, frequenting, dwelling, staying, or lodging in any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement, except for conditions and limitations established by law and applicable to all persons, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability: PROVIDED, That this section shall not be construed to require structural changes, modifications, or additions to make any place accessible to a person with a disability except as otherwise required by law: PROVIDED, That behavior or actions constituting a risk to property or other persons can be grounds for refusal and shall not constitute an unlawful act.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.130 Unlawful discrimination with respect to real estate transactions, facilities, or services.

(1) It is unlawful for any person, whether acting for himself, herself, or another, because of sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, families with children status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability:

(a) To refuse to engage in a real estate transaction with a person;

(b) To discriminate against a person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of a real estate transaction or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith;

(c) To refuse to receive or to fail to transmit a bona fide offer to engage in a real estate transaction from a person;

(d) To refuse to negotiate for a real estate transaction with a person;

(e) To represent to a person that real property is not available for inspection, sale, rental, or lease when in fact it is so available, or to fail to bring a property listing to his or her attention, or to refuse to permit the person to inspect real property;

(f) To discriminate in the sale or rental, or to otherwise make unavailable or deny a dwelling, to any person; or to a person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is sold, rented, or made available; or to any person associated with the person buying or renting;

(g) To make, print, circulate, post, or mail, or cause to be so made or published a statement, advertisement, or sign, or to use a form of application for a real estate transaction, or to make a record or inquiry in connection with a prospective real estate transaction, which indicates, directly or indirectly, an intent to make a limitation, specification, or discrimination with respect thereto;

(h) To offer, solicit, accept, use, or retain a listing of real property with the understanding that a person may be discriminated against in a real estate transaction or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith;

(i) To expel a person from occupancy of real property;

(j) To discriminate in the course of negotiating, executing, or financing a real estate transaction whether by mortgage, deed of trust, contract, or other instrument imposing a lien or other security in real property, or in negotiating or executing any item or service related thereto including issuance of title insurance, mortgage insurance, loan guarantee, or other aspect of the transaction. Nothing in this section shall limit the effect of SCC 2.460.110 relating to unlawful discrimination in credit transactions; or

(k) To attempt to do any of the unlawful acts defined in this section.

(2) For the purposes of this chapter discrimination based on the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person who is blind, deaf, or physically disabled includes:

(a) A refusal to permit, at the expense of the person with a disability, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the dwelling, except that, in the case of a rental, the landlord may, where it is reasonable to do so, condition permission for a modification on the renter agreeing to restore the interior of the dwelling to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted;

(b) To refuse to make reasonable accommodation in rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a person with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability and/or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person who is blind, deaf, or physically disabled equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling; or

(c) To fail to design and construct covered multifamily dwellings and premises in conformance with the federal fair housing amendments act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3601 et seq.) and all other applicable laws or regulations pertaining to access by persons with any sensory, mental, or physical disability or use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Whenever the requirements of applicable laws or regulations differ, the requirements which require greater accessibility for persons with any sensory, mental, or physical disability shall govern.

(d) Nothing in subsection (2)(a) or (b) of this section shall apply to:

(i) A single-family house rented or leased by the owner if the owner does not own or have an interest in the proceeds of the rental or lease of more than three such single-family houses at one time, the rental or lease occurred without the use of a real estate broker, as defined in RCW 18.85.011, and the rental or lease occurred without the publication, posting, or mailing of any advertisement, sign, or statement in violation of subsection (1)(g) of this section; or

(ii) rooms or units in dwellings containing living quarters occupied or intended to be occupied by no more than four families living independently of each other if the owner maintains and occupies one of the rooms or units as his or her residence.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, it shall not be unlawful discrimination for any public or private educational institution to separate the sexes or give preference to or limit use of dormitories, residence halls, or other student housing to persons of one sex or to make distinctions on the basis of marital or families with children status.

(4) Except pursuant to subsection (2)(a) of this section, this section shall not be construed to require structural changes, modifications, or additions to make facilities accessible to a person with a disability except as otherwise required by law. Nothing in this section affects the rights, responsibilities, and remedies of landlords and tenants pursuant to chapter 59.18 or 59.20 RCW, including the right to post and enforce reasonable rules of conduct and safety for all tenants and their guests. Nothing in this section limits the applicability of any reasonable federal, state, or local restrictions regarding the maximum number of occupants permitted to occupy a dwelling.

(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, it shall not be unlawful discrimination for any public establishment providing for accommodations offered for the full enjoyment of transient guests as defined by RCW 9.91.010(1)(c) to make distinctions on the basis of families with children status. Nothing in this section shall limit the effect of SCC 2.460.120 relating to unlawful discrimination in places of public accommodation.

(6) Nothing in this chapter prohibiting discrimination based on families with children status applies to housing for older persons as defined by the federal fair housing amendments act of 1988, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 3607(b)(1) through (3), as amended by the housing for older persons act of 1995, P.L. 104-76, as enacted on December 28, 1995. Nothing in this chapter authorizes requirements for housing for older persons different than the requirements in the federal fair housing amendments act of 1988, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 3607(b)(1) through (3), as amended by the housing for older persons act of 1995, P.L. 104-76, as enacted on December 28, 1995.

(7) Nothing in this chapter shall apply to real estate transactions involving the sharing of a dwelling unit, or rental or sublease of a portion of a dwelling unit, when the dwelling unit is to be occupied by the owner or subleasor. For purposes of this section, "dwelling unit" has the same meaning as in RCW 59.18.030.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.140 Unlawful discrimination with respect to blockbusting.

It is unlawful for any person, for profit, to induce or attempt to induce any person to sell or rent any real property by representations regarding the entry or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons of a particular race, creed, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, families with children status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or with any sensory, mental, or physical disability and/or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person who is blind, deaf, or physically disabled.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.150 Relief for unlawful discrimination in real estate transaction - damages, penalty.

(1) When a reasonable cause determination has been made under SCC 2.460.220 of unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction and a finding has been made that the respondent has engaged in unlawful conduct in a real estate transaction under SCC 2.460.230, the hearing examiner shall promptly issue an order for such relief suffered by the aggrieved person as may be appropriate, which may include actual damages as provided by the federal fair housing amendments act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3601 et seq.), and injunctive or other equitable relief. Such order may, to further the public interest, assess a civil penalty against the respondent:

(a) In an amount up to $10,000 if the respondent has not been determined to have committed any prior act of unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction;

(b) In an amount up to $25,000 if the respondent has been determined to have committed one other act of unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction during the five-year period ending on the date of the filing of this charge; or

(c) In an amount up to $50,000 if the respondent has been determined to have committed two or more acts of unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction during the seven-year period ending on the date of the filing of this charge, for loss of the right secured by SCC 2.460.130 or 2.460.140, as now or hereafter amended, to be free from discrimination in real property transactions because of sex, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, families with children status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person who is blind, deaf, or physically disabled. Enforcement of the order and appeal therefrom by the complainant or respondent may be made as provided in SCC 2.460.240 and 2.460.250. If acts constituting the unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction that is the object of the charge are determined to have been committed by the same natural person who has been previously determined to have committed acts constituting unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction, then the civil penalty of up to $50,000 may be imposed without regard to the period of time within which any subsequent unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction occurred. All civil penalties assessed under this section shall be paid into the county and credited to the general fund created by SCC 4.07.010.

(2) Such order shall not affect any contract, sale, conveyance, encumbrance, or lease consummated before the issuance of an order that involves a bona fide purchaser, encumbrancer, or tenant who does not have actual notice of the charge filed under this chapter.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, persons awarded damages under this section may not receive additional damages pursuant to SCC 2.460.230.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.160 County facilities, services, and programs.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in the provision or distribution of any county facilities, services, or programs.

(2) This section shall not affect any otherwise lawful classification that:

(a) Is based on sex and is necessary for sexual privacy or medical or psychological treatment; or

(b) Is necessary for undercover law enforcement or for film, video, audio, or theatrical casting;

(c) Provides for separate athletic teams for each sex; or

(d) Must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal or state program, if ineligibility would result in a loss of federal or state funds to the county.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.170 County contracts.

(1) The county executive, purchasing manager, and other county officers authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the county shall include a provision in all county contracts for services that sets forth or incorporates the requirements of this chapter, requires the contractor to comply with substantive requirements of this chapter, and requires the contractor to certify the contractor’s compliance with those requirements. All county contracts for services must provide that if the contractor is found to have violated that provision, or to have furnished false or misleading information in an investigation or proceeding conducted pursuant to the contract or this chapter, the contract may be subject to a declaration of default and termination at the county’s discretion.

(2) In this section, "county contract for services" means a written agreement with a provider of services under which the county purchases services in exchange for payment of money. This section does not apply to:

(a) contracts with:

(i) counties, cities, towns, and special purpose districts,

(ii) the state or federal governments,

(iii) federally recognized Indian tribes; or

(b) contracts between other public agencies and providers of services from which the county elects to purchase services pursuant to RCW 39.04.020 and SCC 3.04.220 if:

(i) such contracts contain non-discrimination provisions consistent at a minimum with federal law; and

(ii) the purchasing division has determined after diligent research and has documented in its files that the providers of services from which the county elects to purchase have not violated any laws similar to those contained in chapter 2.460 SCC; or

(c) other contracts for which its application is determined by the purchasing authority to violate competitive bidding or other legal requirements.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-077, Nov. 14, 2011, Eff date Nov. 25, 2011; Amended by Ord. 13-057, July 31, 2013, Eff date Aug. 11, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-007, March 22, 2017, Eff date April 3, 2017).

2.460.180 Unlawful discrimination to aid violation - retaliation.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to aid, abet, encourage, or incite the commission of any discrimination that is unlawful under this chapter, or to attempt to obstruct or prevent any other person from complying with the provisions of this chapter or any order issued under this chapter.

(2) It is unlawful for any employer, employment agency, labor union, or other person to discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against any person because he or she has opposed any practice forbidden by this chapter, or because the person has filed a charge, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under this chapter.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.190 Misdemeanor to interfere with office of human rights.

Any person who willfully prevents, impedes, or interferes with the office of human rights or any of its representatives in the performance of duty under this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable as provided in SCC 1.01.100.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.200 Application within cities and towns.

(1) This chapter shall apply and may be enforced within a city or town located within the county if the city or town adopts or incorporates the provisions of this ordinance by lawful ordinance or resolution and has entered into an agreement with the county pursuant to the interlocal cooperation act, chapter 39.34 RCW, that provides for application and enforcement of this chapter within the city or town.

(2) If a complaint is filed pursuant to SCC 2.460.210 relating to actions within a city or town to which this ordinance does not apply, the officer receiving the complaint shall promptly forward the complaint to the Washington state human rights commission for processing in accordance with chapter 49.60 RCW.

(3) This section shall not affect application of this chapter within a city or town to county employment, facilities, services, or programs.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.210 Complaints may be filed with office of human rights.

(1) Who may file a complaint:

(a) Any person claiming to be aggrieved by alleged unlawful discrimination may, personally or by his or her attorney, make, sign, and file with the office of human rights a complaint in writing under oath or by declaration. The complaint shall state the name of the person alleged to have committed the unlawful discrimination and the particulars thereof, and contain such other information as may be required by the office.

(b) Whenever it has reason to believe that any person has been engaged or is engaging in unlawful discrimination, the office of human rights may issue a complaint.

(c) Any employer or principal whose employees, or agents, or any of them, refuse or threaten to refuse to comply with the provisions of this chapter may file with the office of human rights a written complaint under oath or by declaration asking for assistance by conciliation or other remedial action.

(2) Any complaint filed pursuant to this section must be so filed within six months after the alleged act of discrimination except that complaints alleging unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction pursuant to SCC 2.460.130-2.460.140 must be so filed within one year after the alleged unlawful discrimination in a real estate transaction has occurred or terminated, and except as provided in chapter 42.41 RCW.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.220 Investigation of complaints, conference, conciliation, findings, rules.

(1) (a) Except as provided for in subsection (1)(c) of this section, after the filing of any complaint, the office of human rights shall promptly review and evaluate the complaint. If the facts as stated in the complaint do not constitute unlawful discrimination under this chapter, a finding of no reasonable cause may be made without further investigation. If the facts as stated could constitute unlawful discrimination under this chapter, an investigation and ascertainment of the facts shall be conducted.

(b) If it appears that the complainant has limitations related to language proficiency or cognitive or other disability, the office must contact the complainant directly and make appropriate inquiry of the complainant as to the facts of the complaint.

(c) After the filing of a complaint alleging an unfair practice in a real estate transaction pursuant to SCC 2.460.130 through 2.460.150, the office shall promptly investigate and ascertain the facts alleged in the complaint.

(2) The investigation shall be limited to the alleged facts contained in the complaint. The results of the investigation shall be reduced to written findings of fact, and a finding shall be made that there is or that there is not reasonable cause for believing that unlawful discrimination has been or is being committed. A copy of the findings shall be provided to the complainant and respondent.

(3) If the finding is made that there is reasonable cause for believing that unlawful discrimination has been or is being committed, the office of human rights shall immediately endeavor to eliminate the unlawful discrimination by conference, conciliation, and persuasion.

(4) If an agreement is reached for the elimination of such unlawful discrimination as a result of such conference, conciliation, and persuasion, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and signed by the respondent, and an order shall be entered by the executive director setting forth the terms of the agreement. No order shall be entered at this stage of the proceedings except upon such written agreement. Conciliation agreements shall be subject to public disclosure except as provided in chapter 42.56 RCW.

(5) If no such agreement can be reached, a finding to that effect shall be made and reduced to writing, with a copy thereof provided to the complainant and the respondent.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.230 Hearing examiner to hear complaints - penalties, order.

(1) In case of failure to reach an agreement for the elimination of such unlawful discrimination, and upon the entry of findings to that effect, the office of human rights shall refer the matter to the hearing examiner for hearing and disposition pursuant to chapter 2.02 SCC. The office shall cause to be issued and served a written notice, together with a copy of the complaint, as the same may have been amended, requiring the respondent to answer the charges of the complaint in such form as the hearing examiner may prescribe by rule.

(2) The place of any such hearing shall be determined by the hearing examiner. The case in support of the complaint shall be presented at the hearing by the office of human rights, which may be represented by the prosecuting attorney: PROVIDED, That the complainant may retain independent counsel and submit testimony and be fully heard. No member or employee of the office who previously made the investigation or caused the notice to be issued shall participate in the deliberations of the hearing examiner. Any endeavors or negotiations for conciliation shall not be received in evidence.

(3) The respondent shall file a written answer to the complaint and appear at the hearing in person or otherwise, with or without counsel, and submit testimony and be fully heard. The respondent shall have the right to cross-examine the complainant.

(4) The hearing examiner may permit reasonable amendment to any complaint or answer. The hearing examiner may issue subpoenas and may enter protective orders as provided by rule. Testimony taken at the hearing shall be under oath and recorded.

(5) If, upon all the evidence, the hearing examiner finds that the respondent has engaged in unlawful discrimination within the meaning of this chapter, the examiner shall state findings of fact and shall issue and file with the office of human rights and cause to be served on such respondent an order requiring such respondent to cease and desist from such unlawful discrimination and to take such affirmative action, including, but not limited to, hiring, reinstatement or upgrading of employees, with or without back pay, an admission or restoration to full membership rights in any respondent organization, or to take such other action as, in the judgment of the examiner, will effectuate the purposes of this chapter, including action that could be ordered by a court, except that damages for humiliation and mental suffering shall not exceed $20,000, and including a requirement for report of the matter on compliance. Relief available for violations of SCC 2.460.130-2.460.140 shall be limited to the relief specified in SCC 2.460.150.

(6) The final order of the hearing examiner shall include a notice to the parties of the right to obtain judicial review of the order by appeal in accordance with the provisions of SCC 2.02.195 and 2.460.250.

(7) If, upon all the evidence, the hearing examiner finds that the respondent has not engaged in any alleged unlawful discrimination within the meaning of this chapter, the examiner shall state findings of fact and shall similarly issue and file an order dismissing the complaint.

(8) An order dismissing a complaint may include an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees in favor of the respondent if the hearing examiner concludes that the complaint was frivolous, unreasonable, or groundless.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.240 Enforcement of orders of hearing examiner.

(1) The office of human rights or any person entitled to relief under a final order may petition the superior court for the enforcement of any final order issued by the hearing examiner under SCC 2.460.230 which is not complied with and for appropriate temporary relief or a restraining order, and shall certify and file in court the final order sought to be enforced. The office of human rights or person entitled to relief under a final order shall cause a notice of the petition to be served upon all parties as provided by law.

(2) From the time the petition is filed, the superior court shall have jurisdiction over the proceedings and shall have the power to grant such temporary relief or restraining order as it deems just and suitable.

(3) If the petition shows that there is a final order issued by the hearing examiner under SCC 2.460.230 and that the order has not been complied with in whole or in part, the superior court shall issue an order directing the person who is alleged to have not complied with the administrative order to appear in court at a time designated in the order and show cause why the administrative order should not be enforced according to its terms. The office of human rights or any person entitled to relief under any final order shall immediately serve the noncomplying party with a copy of the court order and the petition.

(4) The administrative order shall be enforced by the court if the person does not appear, or if the person appears and the court finds that:

(a) The order is regular on its face;

(b) The order has not been complied with; and

(c) The person’s answer discloses no valid reason why the order should not be enforced, or that the reason given in the person’s answer could have been raised by review under SCC 2.02.195 and 2.460.250, and the person has given no valid excuse for failing to use that remedy.

(5) The jurisdiction of the court shall be exclusive and its judgment and decree shall be final, except that the same shall be subject to appellate review. The review shall be taken and prosecuted in the same manner and form and with the same effect as is provided in other cases.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.250 Appeal from orders of hearing examiner.

Any respondent or complainant, including the office of human rights, aggrieved by a final order issued by the hearing examiner under SCC 2.460.230 may obtain judicial review of such order as provided in SCC 2.02.195. From the time an action seeking review is filed, the court has jurisdiction to grant to any party such temporary relief or restraining order as it deems just and suitable. If the court affirms the order, it shall enter a judgment and decree enforcing the order as affirmed.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.260 Relation to other laws.

(1) This chapter is adopted pursuant to RCW 49.60.330 to provide additional administrative and judicial remedies for certain forms of discrimination that are proscribed by the state law against discrimination, chapter 49.60 RCW.

(2) No complainant may secure relief under this chapter if relief has been granted or proceedings are continuing in any federal agency, court, or state or local instrumentality, unless such proceeding have been deferred pending action under this chapter. Except as provided in SCC 2.460.190, SCC 1.01.100 shall not apply to violations of this chapter.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.270 Short title.

This chapter may be known and cited as the "Snohomish county human rights ordinance."

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.280 Sunset.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Repealed by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).

2.460.290 Implementation to be phased.

(1) This chapter shall be implemented in two phases in order to accommodate county budget and staffing constraints. The first phase shall begin on the effective date of this ordinance. The second phase shall begin on the effective date of a separate ordinance that terminates the suspension imposed by SCC 2.460.050(4) and this section.

(2) During the first phase the commission shall operate as provided in this chapter but the office of human rights shall not be created and its functions shall not be performed by the commission. Staff support for the commission shall be provided by the county executive using such staff under the supervision of the executive as the executive determines appropriate. Any person claiming to be aggrieved by alleged unlawful discrimination may file a complaint as described in SCC 2.460.210 with the executive. Promptly after receiving a complaint under this subsection the executive shall refer the complaint to the Washington state human rights commission for processing in accordance with chapter 49.60 RCW, which in this phase shall be the exclusive source of legal remedies. Copies of complaints filed after appointment and confirmation of all commission members shall also be filed with the commission. During this phase the commission may, if requested and supervised by the Washington state human rights commission and after such training or certification as the Washington state human rights commission determines appropriate, endeavor to investigate and resolve complaints by conference, conciliation, and persuasion; PROVIDED, That the commission shall first obtain the consent of the complainant and respondent, and may not compel the complainant or respondent to attend, provide documents, or participate in such investigation, conference, conciliation, or persuasion, or agree to a particular resolution. The commission may refer information obtained during the first phase to the Washington state human rights commission.

(3) During the second phase the commission and the office of human rights shall operate as provided in this chapter, except that the office of human rights may refer complaints to the Washington state human rights commission until such time as the office acquires sufficient staff resources and adopts necessary rules that enable it to fully discharge its responsibilities under this chapter. The office of human rights will thereafter process complaints in accordance with the procedures set out in SCC 2.460.210-2.460.240.

(4) All decisions relating to the investigation of complaints and enforcement of this chapter shall be made by the office of human rights under the supervision of the county executive, except that nothing in this chapter shall prevent the commission from reviewing complaints and providing advice pursuant to SCC 2.460.030 or this section.

(Added Amended Ord. 10-021, June 7, 2010, Eff date Aug. 21, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-034, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 15, 2016).