Virginia Human Rights Act; creation of cause of action for discrimination. (HB1200)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)

Progress

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

Description

Virginia Human Rights Act; creation of cause of action for discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or age. Creates a cause of action against any employer of one or more persons who engages in unlawful discrimination against any employee on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, or childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation. The bill also creates a cause of action against any employer of one or more persons who unlawfully discriminates against an employee on the basis of age if the employee is 40 years of age or older. Under current law, an employee who has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, or age may only file an action against his employer if the employee is discharged by the employer on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, or age. The bill permits a court, in cases where the employee prevails, to award compensatory or punitive damages in an amount of up to $25,000 and attorney fees. The bill provides that the provisions creating a cause of action against an employer who engages in unlawful discriminatory practices against an employee shall apply only to unlawful discriminatory practices that occur or are alleged to have occurred on or after July 1, 2020. Read the Bill »

Status

01/15/2020: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Committee
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104898D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection

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