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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 Division of Human Rights of the Department of Law. 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.