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Damages.

Any employer who violates RCW 50A.40.010 is liable for damages equal to:
(1) The amount of:
(a) Any wages, salary, employment benefits, or other compensation denied or lost to such employee by reason of the violation; or
(b) In a case in which wages, salary, employment benefits, or other compensation have not been denied or lost to the employee, any actual monetary losses sustained by the employee as a direct result of the violation, such as the cost of providing care, up to a sum equal to wages or salary for the employee for up to sixteen weeks, or eighteen weeks if the employee experiences a serious health condition with a pregnancy that results in incapacity.
(2)(a) The interest on the amount described in subsection (1) of this section calculated at the prevailing rate; and
(b) For a willful violation, an additional amount as liquidated damages equal to the sum of the amount described in subsection (1) of this section and the interest described in this subsection (2). For purposes of this section, "willful" means a knowing and intentional action that is neither accidental nor the result of a bona fide dispute.
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