Equal Benefits Ordinance: Seattle, Wash.
Passed on Nov. 22, 1999
Effective on Sept. 30, 2000
- City contracts that exceed $33,000;
- Businesses’ operations within the city. However, if the actual work related to the contract is being performed in another state, the law applies. Also applies to city-owned real property outside of the city if work related to the contract is being performed there; and
- Does not apply to subcontractors.
Exceptions & Waivers
The director of the Executive Services Department can waive compliance if:
- Contract is responding to an emergency.
- The contractor is a sole-source provider.
- No compliant contractors are capable of providing goods or services that respond to the city’s requirements.
- City is purchasing through a co-op or joint purchasing agreement bulk purchasing arrangements.
- The EBO requirements are inconsistent with a grant or agreement with a public agency.
- The contractor is a public entity.
The director of the Executive Services Department has the power to:
- Prohibit the contractorfrom bidding or being rewarded a city contract for up to five years;
- Provide contractual remedies, such as termination of contracts or liquidated damages;
- Impose other appropriate contractual and civil remedies and sanctions; and
- Take remedial action.
Seattle Municipal Code, Ch. 20.45
Department of Executive Administration
Contracting Services Division
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4112
P.O. Box 94687
Seattle, WA 98124-4687