Virginia Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Virginia Affirmative Action: What you need to know

State agencies. State agencies are required by Executive Order 1 (2002) to take affirmative action to recruit and hire qualified women, minorities, the disabled, and older workers. The state's Office of Equal Employment Services of the Department of Human Resource Management determines what measures are to be taken.
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Private employers. Virginia has no comparable provision that requires private employers to adopt affirmative action programs.
Every government contract that is over $10,000 must include a provision that it will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, or national origin, except where a bona fide occupational qualification is reasonably necessary for the normal operation of the contractor (VA Code Sec. 2.2-4201).
The state prepares labor market statistics on women and minorities. These statistics should be helpful to employers who are preparing affirmative action plans. For more information, contact:
Virginia Labor Market Information
3600 East Main Street, Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23219

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