Equal pay irrespective of sex. (SB1080)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Equal pay irrespective of sex. Amends the existing law requiring equal pay for equal work irrespective of sex to (i) prohibit unequal provision of benefits and privileges; (ii) prohibit employers from punishing employees for sharing salary information with their coworkers; and (iii) authorize a court to award reasonable attorney fees and costs to an employee who substantially prevails on the merits in an action for wrongful withholding of wages, benefits, or privileges. The measure also deletes the exemption for employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act from the Commonwealth's prohibition on discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101986D
01/06/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1080)
02/03/2017Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


Eva King writes:

Thank you for introducing this important bill! I strongly support it. We still have a long way to go to achieve equal pay, and this bill brings us a significant step closer to achieving that mandate.

Cheri Marie Berman writes:

I''m a student at VCU taking the class "Women and the Law." I will be following this bill as a part of a group assignment. Aside from the class assignment, this is a very important issue for all people in Virginia and would show a stand for the rest of the nation. Sex should never determine the pay rate in lieu of the mental and physical capabilities of the worker. Thank you for bringing this issue to the floor.