Virginia Hiring laws & compensation compliance analysis

Virginia Hiring: What you need to know

Discrimination. The Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) prohibits hiring practices that discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age (40 years or older), marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran (Va. Code § 2.2-3900 et seq.). Race discrimination includes discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.”
Employers with 15 or more employees are covered. However, employers with more than 5 employees are covered for purposes of unlawful discharge of an employee based on race, color, religion, national origin, status as a veteran, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, or childbirth or related medical conditions (including lactation). More information is available at the Virginia Discrimination and Disabilities (ADA) sections.
Public employers. Public employers are prohibited from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age (40 years or older), marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran. Employment decisions based on age or sex are permitted if age or sex is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for employment. Public employers may provide a preference in employment to veterans.
An Executive Order (EO) issued by the governor prohibits employment discrimination in state government based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or ...

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