Virginia Human Rights Act; unlawful discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth. (HB827)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; reasonable accommodation for the known limitations of persons related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Requires employers, defined in the bill, to make reasonable accommodation for the known limitations of a person related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, if such accommodation is necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer. The bill also prohibits employers from taking any adverse action against an employee who requests or uses a reasonable accommodation and from denying employment or promotion opportunities to an otherwise qualified applicant or employee because such employer will be required to make reasonable accommodation to the applicant or employee. The bill creates a cause of action against any employer who denies any of the rights afforded by the bill and permits the court or jury to award compensatory damages, back pay, and other equitable relief. The bill contains technical amendments and is identical to SB 712. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104872D
01/07/2020Referred 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 (HB827)
01/23/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106491D-H1
01/28/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB827H1)
01/31/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendments (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/04/2020Floor substitute printed 20107553D-H2 (Carroll Foy)
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee on General Laws substitute rejected 20106491D-H1
02/05/2020Committee on Appropriations amendments rejected
02/05/2020Substitute by Delegate Carroll Foy agreed to 20107553D-H2
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB827H2
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (66-Y 31-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (66-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB827H2)
02/19/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108578D-S1
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB827S1)
02/26/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108578D-S1
02/28/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/28/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/28/2020Passed by for the day
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB827S1
03/02/2020Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Placed on Calendar
03/03/2020Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 20108578D-S1 (59-Y 38-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Adoption (59-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB827ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB827ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1138 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1138)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.