Employment; prohibited retaliatory action. (HB798)

Introduced By

Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Employment; prohibited retaliatory action. Prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, threatening, discriminating against, penalizing, or taking other retaliatory action against an employee regarding the employee's compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the employee (i) reports a violation of any federal or state law or regulation to a supervisor or to any governmental body or law-enforcement official; (ii) is requested by a governmental body or law-enforcement official to participate in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry; (iii) refuses to engage in a criminal act that would subject the employee to criminal liability; (iv) refuses an employer's order to perform an action that violates any federal or state law or regulation and the employee informs the employer that the order is being refused for that reason; or (v) provides information to or testifies before any governmental body or law-enforcement official conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any alleged violation by the employer of federal or state law or regulation. A person who alleges a violation of this chapter may bring a civil action seeking injunctive relief, reinstatement, and compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other remuneration. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103743D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/30/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (15-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Read first time
02/04/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2020Read third time and passed House (76-Y 22-N)
02/05/2020VOTE: Passage (76-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB798)
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed by for the day
02/28/2020Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/28/2020Rereferred to Judiciary
03/02/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Committee substitute printed 20109417D-S1
03/03/2020Passed by for the day
03/04/2020Read third time
03/04/2020Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109417D-S1
03/04/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB798S1
03/04/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Placed on Calendar
03/05/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109417D-S1 (1-Y 98-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate insisted on substitute (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/05/2020House acceded to request
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Delaney, Heretick, Miyares
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Surovell, Deeds, Obenshain
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020First Conference substitute printed 20109692D-H1
03/07/2020Conference report ruled not germane
03/07/2020House requested second conference committee
03/07/2020Senate acceded to request for second conference committee (20-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Second conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2020Senators: Surovell, Deeds, Obenshain
03/07/2020Second conferees appointed by House
03/07/2020Delegates: Delaney, Heretick, Miyares
03/07/2020Second Conference substitute printed 20109977D-H2
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (65-Y 28-N 1-A)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (65-Y 28-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB798H2)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB798ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB798ER)
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1136 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1136)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.