Virginia Equal Pay Act; created. (HB1089)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Equal Pay Act. Creates the Virginia Equal Pay Act (the Act), which prohibits private employers from discriminating between employees on the basis of membership in a "protected class," defined in the bill as a group of persons distinguished by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or age, in the payment of wages or other compensation for substantially similar work. The bill also prohibits (i) discrimination between employees by providing less favorable employment opportunities; (ii) limitation of an employee's right to discuss wages; (iii) infringement on an employee's right to not disclose wage or salary history; and (iv) retaliation against an employee who opposes an act or practice made unlawful by the Act, makes or intends to file a complaint under the Act, or assists in an investigation or proceeding under the Act. The bill also establishes (a) criteria for when wage differentials between employees can occur, (b) remedies for individuals aggrieved by a violation of the Act, and (c) provisions for enforcement of the Act. The bill contains a technical amendment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104684D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/2018Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
02/13/2018Left in Commerce and Labor