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EEO - Retaliation: Virginia

EEO - Retaliation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Brian G. Muse, Justin M. Sheldon, LeClairRyan


  • Neither the Virginians with Disabilities Act nor the Virginia Human Rights Act provide a statutory right to file suit for retaliation, but an employee may be able to bring suit against an employer for wrongful termination under certain circumstances. See Retaliation Claims in Virginia.
  • State agencies may not engage in unlawful retaliation. See State Agencies.
  • Some Virginia municipalities prohibit retaliation against employees for filing a discrimination or harassment claim. See Municipal Laws.