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EEO - Discrimination: Virginia

EEO - Discrimination requirements for other states

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

Authors: Brian Muse and Justin Sheldon


  • Virginia has two state agencies that handle employment discrimination claims: the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy and the Office of Civil Rights within the Office of the Attorney General. See Governing Law and Investigatory Agencies.
  • The Virginians with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on disabilities. See Virginians with Disabilities Act.
  • The Virginia Human Rights Act extends antidiscrimination protections to smaller employers than federal law. See Virginia Human Rights Act.
  • Virginia requires equal pay based on gender. See Equal Pay.
  • Virginia offers additional protections to various groups such as veterans and members of the military. See Other Protections.
  • Localities including Alexandria and Fairfax County have requirements pertaining to discrimination. See Local Requirements.