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PDFWAC 192-150-140

Change in usual work that violates religious or sincere moral beliefs—RCW 50.20.050 (2)(b)(x).

(1) For purposes of this section, "usual work" means job duties or conditions:
(a) Originally agreed upon by you and your employer in your hiring agreement; or
(b) Customary for workers in your job classification; or
(c) You consistently performed during your base period; or
(d) Mutually agreed to by you and your employer prior to the employer action changing your job duties.
(2) The following criteria will be used to determine whether you had good cause for quitting work under this section:
(a) The change in your usual work must be the result of action taken by your employer;
(b) The work must require you to violate your religious beliefs or sincere moral convictions; mere disapproval of the employer's method of conducting business is not good cause for leaving work under this section;
(c) You must notify your employer that the work violates your religion or sincere moral beliefs, unless doing so would be futile;
(d) The work or activity must directly, rather than indirectly, affect your religious or moral beliefs; and
(e) The objectionable condition must exist in fact, rather than be a matter of speculation.
(3) You will not have good cause for quitting work under this section if:
(a) You are inconsistent or insincere in your objections;
(b) The objection is raised as a sham or a means of avoiding work; or
(c) You knew of the objectionable aspects of the work at the time of hire, or you continued working under the objectionable conditions longer than a reasonably prudent person holding similar beliefs would have continued.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, 50.12.042. WSR 05-01-076, § 192-150-140, filed 12/9/04, effective 1/9/05.]
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