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Recruiting: Virginia

Recruiting requirements for other states

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

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • Employers should use a variety of recruiting methods to attract the largest applicant pool. See Methods and Sources.
  • A state law enables private employers to grant a hiring preference to veterans or their spouses in certain circumstances. See Veterans Preference.
  • Virginia includes marital status as a protected characteristic, and prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees on that basis. See Marital Status.
  • Employers are permitted to use the bona fide occupational qualification exception as a justification during the recruiting process, but only when it is essential to the job. See BFOQ Exception.
  • Virginia has a smokers' rights law affecting public employers that protects job applicants or employees with the Commonwealth. See Smokers' Rights.
  • Employers should be cautious when classifying employees as independent contractors in order to avoid possible fines. See Independent Contractors.
  • Employers should be familiar with Virginia laws restricting the hiring of minors. See Underage Workers.