Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth. (SB866)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Creates a cause of action against any employer employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons who engages in an unlawful discriminatory act against any employee on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Under current law, an employee who has been discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions may only file an action against his employer if the employee is discharged by the employer on the basis of sex. The bill permits a court, in cases where the employee prevails, to award compensatory or punitive damages, and attorney fees not to exceed 25 percent of the amount awarded. The bill also clarifies that for purposes of the cause of action, discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions includes discrimination against a person because such person may become pregnant or has been pregnant. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105006D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB866)
02/05/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107047D-S1
02/05/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2020Stricken at request of Patron in Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)