Virginia Equal Pay Act; civil penalties. (SB1636)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Equal Pay Act; civil penalties. Prohibits private employers from discriminating on the basis of membership in a protected class between employees in the payment of wages or other compensation for substantially similar work. The measure defines "protected class" as a group of persons distinguished by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, political affiliation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or age. The measure also prohibits (i) discrimination between employees by providing less favorable employment opportunities; (ii) limiting an employee's right to discuss wages; (iii) infringement on an employee's right to not disclose wage or salary history; and (iv) retaliating against an employee. The bill also establishes criteria for when wage differentials between employees are permitted. Violations are subject to civil penalties. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104521D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2019Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)