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.