Local Government Employee Does Not Have Retaliation Claim in Superior Court for Whistleblower Action Resulting in Demotion, but May Seek Administrative Relief

By David E. Worley

In Woodbury v. City of Seattle (2012 Wash. App LEXIS 47), the Washington Appeals Court upheld the dismissal of a Superior Court complaint by a police officer regarding retaliation for a whistleblower action.  The Appellate Court held that under the relevant statute, a local government employee may only seek administrative relief initially, and Civil Courts will only be involved when appealing that administrative relief.

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