Human Rights, Division of; requirements for equal pay irrespective of sex. (HB624)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Office of the Attorney General; Division of Human Rights; compensation discrimination information. Directs the Division of Human Rights of the Department of Law to develop recommendations regarding the type of information about businesses and their employees and the accompanying methodology that would be required for the Division to proactively enforce provisions of the Code of Virginia requiring equal pay of similarly situated employees irrespective of sex and race. The bill requires the Division to also develop recommendations regarding appropriate enforcement mechanisms, including causes of action and civil remedies, to address discrimination in compensation based on sex and race. In developing such recommendations, the bill directs the Division to engage stakeholders representing employers and employees in the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Division to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than November 30, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101373D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Adminstrative Process
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB624)
01/30/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 3-N)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107023D-H1
02/04/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (12-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB624H1
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107023D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute (51-Y 39-N) HB624H1
02/10/2020VOTE: Engrossment (51-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB624H1)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/27/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20108625D-S1
02/27/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB624S1)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108625D-S1
03/05/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB624S1
03/05/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108625D-S1 (54-Y 45-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB624ER)
03/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB624ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 901 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0901)


Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

Please no more red tape from government which seeks to get bigger and bigger.
If someone considers they've been discriminated against, can't they file themselves? You, must first prove there is a need for this, I mean prove with actual examples etc. Just because it sounds good doesn't it is good.