RICHMOND, VA. —Today, HB 1848, a bill that extends discrimination protection to disabled Virginians under the Virginia Human Rights Act, passed out of the Profession/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee with a vote of 8-0.
“I am thrilled the bill has unanimous, bi-partisan support coming out of subcommittee and I look forward to gaining more support as the bill works through the General Assembly process,” says Delegate Mark D. Sickles, Chair of the Health, Welfare, and Institutions committee.
Delegate Sickles introduced a substitute that allows a person who is denied a reasonable accommodation in employment to file a complaint at the Office of Civil Rights before going to court. In other words, the person needs to exhaust the administrative path, aligning this process with almost all of the other complaints of employment discrimination investigated under the Virginia Values Act.
“Virginians with disabilities have a wealth of skills and experiences, and they deserve opportunities to fully participate in our workforce. I am proud to chief co-patron this bill to end employment discrimination against Virginians with disabilities,” said Delegate Kathy Tran, a member of the Profession/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee.
Delegate Chris Hurst serves as Chair of the subcommittee. The bill now goes to the full General Laws committee, chaired by Delegate David Bulova, and will be heard in committee next week.