Equal Benefits Ordinance: Olympia, Wash.

Passed on 2004

Applies to:

  • City contracts exceeding $50,000
  • Businesses’ operations within the city, however if the actual work related to the city contract is being performed in another jurisdiction; also applies to city-owned real property outside of the city if work related to the contract is being performed there.

Exceptions & Waivers

City can waive compliance if:

  • Contract is responding to an emergency
  • The contractor is a sole source provider
  • Contractor is a public entity
  • Contact is pursuant to cooperative or joint purchasing agreement
  • There are no compliant contractors capable of providing goods or services
  • The EBO requirements are inconsistent with a grant or agreement with a  public agency


If a contractor does not comply, they may be deemed to be in material breach of the bid or subsequent City agreement.  When that happens, the City may take the following steps:

  • Reject a Bid
  • Determine and Impose Sanctions, including, but not limited to, disqualification of a contractor from bidding or being awarded a City contract for up to five years
  • Examine contractor’s benefit programs covered by this ordinance
  • Terminate a Contract
  • Impose Liquidated Damages


Olympia Municipal Code Chap. 3.18
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