Discriminating between employees on the basis of sex; payment of wages. (SB419)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Equal pay irrespective of sex. Amends the existing law requiring equal pay for equal work irrespective of sex to (i) prohibit unequal provision of benefits and privileges on the basis of sex; (ii) prohibit employers from punishing employees for sharing salary information with their coworkers; and (iii) authorize a court to award reasonable attorney fees and costs to an employee who substantially prevails on the merits in an action for wrongful withholding of wages or benefits and privileges. The measure also deletes the exemption for employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act from the Commonwealth's prohibition on discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex. Read the Bill »


02/07/2018: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100949D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB419)
01/15/2018Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2018Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
01/22/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2018Continued to 2019 in Finance (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)