Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibits discrimination in public employment. (HB1498)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


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 toward 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


01/05/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101536D
01/05/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/28/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1498)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in General Laws


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports all efforts to amend Virginia law to protect state and local workers from discrimination on the job.

Secular Coalition for Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Secular Coalition of Virginia supports this bill. A person's sexual orientation has no bearing on their employment and any discrimination along those lines should be opposed just as strongly as discrimination based on race or religion.