The Exception For No Exceptions

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RuthAnn Milbert


Lynne Lerych

English 101

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The Exception For No Exceptions

        With a law that declares that a state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to anyone due to race, sex, etc. it’s hard to think of a reason that would exempt someone, but RCW 49.60.400 does almost immediately. Can this law actually be a good thing if it can’t even exist without wavering to multiple exceptions?

        RCW 49.60.400 was created on December 3, 1998 with the purpose of stopping discrimination or granting preferential treatment to people in public employment, public education, and public contracting due to race, sex, ethnicity, or where the originated from. The basic idea of equality among the public can obviously be thought of as a positive one, but it’s limited.  RCW 49.60.400 doesn’t affect any lawful classification that is based on sex and is necessary for sexual privacy or medical/psychological treatments, provides separate athletic teams determined by sex, or is needed for police or other law enforcement that is undercover or audio, video, theatrical casting, or film.

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Basis of the laws that aren’t affected by RCW 49.60.400 aren’t the only restrictions. Time is also against the law. This law doesn’t effect any action taken before December 3, 1998. So regardless of how many times this law may have been violated previous to this date, it is unable to take action. Its inability to validate any court order that is in force as of December 3, 1998 is another blow for justice. How can equality be achieved if there’s a deadline on it? A person that lost their job due to their race may not have won their ...

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