Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual harassment. (HB1418)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patron Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Human Rights Act; workplace harassment; civil actions by private parties. Creates a cause of action against any employer employing more than five employees who discharges or engages in an unlawful discriminatory act against any employee on the basis of race; color; religion; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; pregnancy; childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation; marital status; status as a veteran; or age, if the employee if 40 years of age or older. The bill permits a court, in cases where the employee prevails, to award compensatory or punitive damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill provides rules for determining whether conduct constitutes workplace harassment, defined in the bill, and lays out a number of factors to consider in determining whether conduct constitutes workplace harassment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102728D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Adminstrative Process
01/17/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1418)
01/29/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107400D-H1
02/04/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107400D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1418H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (56-Y 41-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1418H1)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/27/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (8-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20109063D-S1
03/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (12-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109063D-S1
03/05/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2020Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2020Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Rereferred to Judiciary
03/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1418S1)
03/12/2020Left in Judiciary