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Social Justice Monday: Seattle Protects Women: The Legal Battle Over Seattle Municipal Code 14.25

Monday, Feb 25, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM PST
Room C5Map Location
This event does not require an RSVP.

The Labor and Employment Law Association presents

 Seattle Protects Women: 
The Legal Battle Over 
Seattle Municipal Code 14.2

Monday, February 25, 2019

Noon – 12:50 p.m.

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Soup Lunch Provided 

SMC 14.25 (the Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative) requires hotel-employers to protect employees against assault, sexual harassment, and injury by retaining lists of accused guests among other measures; improve access to healthcare; limit workloads; and provide limited job security for employees upon hotel ownership transfer. In 2016, the initiative was approved by over 76 percent of Seattle voters; on December 24, 2018, it was invalidated by the Division One of the Washington State Court of Appeals. The court determined that the initiative violated the “single subject” requirement, which precludes the passage of more than one rule in a single measure. Please join Elizabeth Ford from the Fair Work Center and Dmitri Iglitzin from Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt for an in-depth explanation of SMC 14.25: its purpose, origins, enactment, subsequent legal challenges, and current status.

Professor Elizabeth Ford: As Legal Director at the Fair Work Center, Professor Ford is responsible for all intake, referral and legal clinic services. She has been a labor and employment lawyer for 25 years and is also faculty at Seattle University School of Law, Peterson Law Clinic. An experienced clinical legal educator, and she has also taught Labor Law, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Collective Bargaining and Legal Writing. Professor Ford has strong relationships in the legal community, the labor community and with both law schools, having also served as Assistant Dean at University of Washington School of Law.

Dmitri Iglitzin is a partner in the firm of Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP. He received his B.A. from Yale University, 1983, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law, 1986, magna cum laude. Mr. Iglitzin was formerly a law clerk for Chief Judge Barbara Rothstein, United States District Court, Western District of Washington. He was formerly an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law and has taught labor law there in recent years as an adjunct professor of law. Mr. Iglitzin's practice is centered on union-side labor and employment law, and he spends most of his time advising and representing public- and private-sector labor unions in local, state, and federal proceedings. The scope of his practice also includes representing unions in land use issues, federal contracting disputes, criminal proceedings, and a wide variety of other civil and administrative matters.  Mr. Iglitzin also advises unions regarding campaign finance issues, e.g., compliance with IRS and Public Disclosure Commission requirements.  Among Mr. Iglitzin's most notable legal accomplishments is the case of Wingert v. Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., which resulted in a decision by the Washington State Supreme Court holding that all employees in Washington State have a legally enforceable right to a paid ten-minute rest period after every three consecutive hours of work.  Mr. Iglitzin has been named a "Washington State Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics Magazine every year since 2007.  He was also honored in 2010 as Washington State Jobs With Justice's "Movement Lawyer." Mr. Iglitzin is also a frequent public commentator on matters of concern to unions. His editorials have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Spokane Spokesman Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Examiner, among other newspapers, and on popular websites such as The Huffington Post, The Nation, and

Social Justice Monday is an organized, weekly series hosted by the Access to Justice Institute in partnership with students, student organizations, and other departments across the law school. If you are interested in organizing a Social Justice Monday for the 2019-2020 academic year, please contact Abby Goldy at