Virginia Human Rights Act; unlawful discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth. (SB712)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


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 HB 827. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104771D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB712)
01/24/2020Assigned Education sub: Health
02/06/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (9-Y 4-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20106732D-S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106732D-S1
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB712S1
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB712S1)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/19/2020Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/19/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20109266D-H1
02/27/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (18-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read second time
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB712H1)
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109266D-H1
03/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB712H1
03/03/2020Passed House with substitute (61-Y 35-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Title replaced 20109266D-H1
03/07/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB712ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/08/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB712ER)
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 1139 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1139)