The Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) prohibits employment practices that discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of age (40 years or older) (VA Stat. Sec. 2.2-3900 et seq.). The VHRA covers employers with six or more employees.
For job advertisements, employers should avoid age-related specifications such as “young” or “youthful.” In addition, application forms should not contain requests for age-related dates such as high school or college graduation dates. Instead, employers should focus on degrees or training required to perform the job in question.