(1) An employer or employment agency may make inquiries as to race, sex, national origin, or disability for purposes of affirmative action, when the inquiries are made in the manner provided in WAC 162-12-170
(2) Data on protected status shall not be recorded on any record that is kept in the applicant's preemployment file, nor shall such data be kept in any other place or form where it is available to those who process the application. Application records that identify the protected status of a particular person shall be kept confidential, except to the extent necessary to implement an affirmative action program as authorized by law, to permit the compilation of statistics, and to permit verification of the statistics by top management of the employer, or by the Washington state human rights commission.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3). 00-01-177, § 162-12-160, filed 12/21/99, effective 1/21/00; 96-21-054, § 162-12-160, filed 10/14/96, effective 11/14/96; Order 18, § 162-12-160, filed 1/20/75; Order 16, § 162-12-160, filed 5/22/74; Order 9, § 162-12-160, filed 9/23/71; § 162-12-160, filed 10/23/67.]