Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation. (HB562)

Introduced By

Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation. Prohibits discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction towards persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102829D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/2014Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/30/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB562)
02/12/2014Left in General Laws


ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would codify for the first time a legislative policy against workplace discrimination against all state and local employees. The bill would prohibit discrimination by any state agency (including colleges and universities),any local government or local school division or local constitutional officer based on sex, age, national origin, race, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, sexual orientation and gender identity.