Below you will find twelve bills, some of them duplicates, that created new causes of action allowing an employee to sue his or her employer:
HB 123 / SB 838 - Provides that an employee has a private cause of action against an employer who fails to pay wages to recover the amount of wages due plus interest at eight percent annually from the date the wages were due. The bills are not identical but the section creating the private cause of action is identical.
HB 330 / SB 480 - Prohibits covenants not to compete for low-wage employees. Authorizes a low-wage employee to bring a civil action against an employer that attempts to enforce a prohibited covenant not to compete.
HB 336 / SB 49 - Nonpayment of wages; allows Commissioner of Labor and Industry to sue on behalf of employees.
HB 696 - Provides that localities may prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, and education on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
HB 798 - Prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against an employee because the employee reports a violation of any federal or state law or regulation to a supervisor. The bill authorizes a person who alleges a violation of this chapter to bring a civil action seeking injunctive relief, reinstatement, and compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other remuneration.
HB 827 / SB 712 - Virginia Human Rights Act; creates a cause of action against any employer who denies any of the rights afforded by the bill, and permits the court or jury to award compensatory damages, back pay, and other equitable relief. The bill makes technical amendments
HB 984 / SB 894 - Authorizes an individual who has not been properly classified as an employee to bring a civil action for damages against his employer for failing to properly classify the employee if the employer had knowledge of the individual's misclassification.
SB 208 - Specifies that the use of funds paid to a general contractor or subcontractor and used by such contractor or subcontractor before paying all amounts due for labor performed or material furnished gives rise to a civil cause of action for a party who is owed such funds.
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