Public employment; prohibits discrimination based on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (SB785)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment based on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/31/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103001D
12/31/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB785)
01/26/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Committee substitute printed 15104375D-S1
01/27/2015Incorporates SB1181
01/28/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB785S1)
01/29/2015Read second time
01/29/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104375D-S1
01/29/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB785S1
01/30/2015Passed by for the day
02/02/2015Passed by for the day
02/03/2015Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Chair votes yes
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/24/2015Left in General Laws

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this legislation that is much broader than the catch line suggests. The bill would, for the first time, codify in the state code protections against discrimination in all state and local employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as veteran. Currently, while state and local employees may file grievances regarding some discrimination on the job, there is no state law prohibiting such discrimination against teachers, college professors and other state and local employees. It is past time for the legislature to enact protections against discrimination for all state and local workers, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. Historically, this legislation has been supported by the VEA, the VGEA, the AARP, Equality Virginia, VACOLAO and a number of other organizations concerned about discrimination in the workplace.

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

The Secular Coalition of Virginia supports this bill. A person's sexual orientation or gender identity 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.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this legislation that is much broader than the catch line suggests. The bill would, for the first time, codify in the state code protections against discrimination in all state and local employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as veteran. Currently, while state and local employees may file grievances regarding some discrimination on the job, there is no state law prohibiting such discrimination against teachers, college professors and other state and local employees. It is past time for the legislature to enact protections against discrimination for all state and local workers, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. Historically, this legislation has been supported by the VEA, the VGEA, the AARP, Equality Virginia, VACOLAO and a number of other organizations concerned about discrimination in the workplace.