SB 494 (McClellan)

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SB 494 (McClellan)
Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment; definition of employer, statute of limitations, and provision of attorney fees.
Referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and TechnologyVirginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment; definition of employer, statute of limitations, and provision of attorney fees.

Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment; definition of employer, statute of limitations, and provision of attorney fees. SB 494 (McClellan) 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 person. The bill provides 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 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 or within two years after the alleged discriminatory practice occurred, whichever is later. The bill also changes a courts award of reasonable attorney fees and costs to a successful plaintiff from discretionary to mandatory. EV SUPPORTS

SB 494 Status: Referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

SB 179 (Peake)
Virginia Human Rights Act; employee safety; definition changes.
Referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

Virginia Human Rights Act; employee safety; definition changes. – SB 179 (Peake) Amends the definitions of “domestic worker” to exclude babysitters, nannies, caretakers, home health aides, and personal care aids; “employer” to one who employs at least three persons; and “domestic service” to exclude services performed by companions. EV OPPOSES

SB 179 Status: Referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology