A King County renters’ commission, the alignment of a new RapidRide line, and eliminating subminimum wage for workers with disabilities are all up for consideration at full council next week. A committee will consider updating the statute of limitations for reporting employment discrimination. This is what’s coming up at King County Council:
- Renters, particularly those in unincorporated King County, may soon have better representation to the council, as the full council is set to consider setting up a countywide renters’ commission. It would advise the council on tenants’ issues – particularly in unincorporated areas like Skyway and White Center – and recommend possible legislation.
- A new RapidRide line is in the works for Seattle, and its alignment – east and west along Madison Street between First Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way – will be considered at full council. The RapidRide G line isn’t set to be up and running until 2022, but its alignment and station location is key to moving plans forward.
- While federal law allows certain people with disabilities to be paid below minimum wage, those employed by King County and its contractors may soon be on an even basis with other workers. The full council could vote on legislation next week that would require the county and any of its contractors to pay any employee with a disability at least minimum wage. Full council meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
- Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles brought a proposal to update the county’s statute of limitations for reporting sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination to the county’s Office of Civil Rights. Currently, employees have 180 days to report or amend a complaint of discrimination, but under Kohl-Welles’ proposal, that length of time would be extended to 18 months. The Government Accountability and Oversight Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
The above is a release from King County Council communication. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its content.