Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment, sexual and workplace harassment. (HB2155)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment; sexual harassment and workplace harassment. Makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, labor organization, or employment agency to engage in workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, as defined in the bill. The bill also provides (i) a nonexhaustive list of factors to consider when determining whether certain conduct constitutes workplace harassment, (ii) guidelines for when a court may find an employer liable for workplace harassment, (iii) that a person claiming to be aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice may file a written complaint with the Division of Human Rights within two years of the occurrence of the alleged unlawful discriminatory practice, and (iv) that an aggrieved person who has been provided a notice of his right to file a civil action for such grievance may do so within one year of receiving such notice. The bill also amends the definition of "employer" to mean a person employing five or more employees, instead of 15 or more employees under current law, for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, and any agent of such a person. Read the Bill »


02/22/2021: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102802D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2155)
01/27/2021Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process
01/28/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
01/28/2021Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103989D-H1
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2155H1)
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103989D-H1
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2155H1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Rereferred to Judiciary
02/22/2021Committee amendments
02/22/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Failed to report (defeated) in Judiciary (6-Y 7-N)