For Immediate Release
RICHMOND, VA. —Today, Delegate Mark D. Sickles, Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, introduced HB 1848, a bill that extends employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination protection to disabled Virginians under the Virginia Human Rights Act.
“HB 1848 amends last year's Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians of all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace. Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination,” said Sickles.
The bill requires all employers with more than six employees to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. HB 1848 adds disability as a protected class and codifies the federal American Disabilities Act into Virginia regulatory code.
“All across Virginia, people with disabilities face serious obstacles to employment. With this important legislation, discrimination will not be one of the hurdles they must overcome,” stated Colleen Miller, Director of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia.
Delegates Danica Roem, Mark Levine, and Dawn Adams serve as chief co-patrons to HB 1848.