Public employment; prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (SB202)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100785D
01/02/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/13/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB202)
01/22/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB202E)
01/26/2018Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Reading of amendments waived
01/26/2018Amendments by Senator Ebbin agreed to
01/26/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB202E
01/26/2018Printed as engrossed 18100785D-E
01/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Passed Senate (28-Y 10-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Passed Senate (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Placed on Calendar
01/31/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/07/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
02/08/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 2-N)
03/06/2018Left in General Laws


ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill that codifies a legislative policy against discrimination in public employment that is inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and also prohibits discrimination based on age, race, national origin, religion, pregnancy, marital status, and veteran status. Virginia currently has no law that prohibits discrimination in state and local workplaces.