Employment discrimination; expands circumstances creating an individual cause of action. (HB1099)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Employment discrimination; liability.  Expands the circumstances creating an individual cause of action regarding employment discrimination by employers with more than five but fewer than 15 employees. Currently, discharging an employee on the basis of race, national origin, sex, and other status is actionable; the measure adds that the failure or refusal to hire or other discrimination against an individual on such a basis is actionable, and prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Currently, discrimination against employees 40 years old or older is actionable if the employer has fewer than 15 employees; this measure increases the maximum to 20 employees. The measure adds that demonstrated compliance by an employer with any federal law or regulation is an affirmative defense to any claim. Remedies for cases involving violations other than those involving discharging employees are expanded to include injunctions and other equitable relief. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103576D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/25/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1099)
02/03/2012Assigned GL sub: #4 Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process
02/07/2012Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1003-Ramadan)
02/14/2012Left in General Laws