Friday, January 29, 2021

Extending employer rules to everyone in Virginia

The Virginia House passed HB 1864 today. (Update: HB 1864 sent to Governor)

According to this legislation, for “a person employing one or more domestic workers” such as “babysitters, cooks, waiters, butlers, valets, maids, housekeepers, nannies, nurses, janitors, laundresses, caretakers, handymen, gardeners, home health aides, personal care aides,” “It is an unlawful employment practice” to “Fail or refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to such individual's compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, status as a veteran, or national origin.”

If you want to hire a babysitter for children, or a home health aide or personal care aide for an elderly parent, it cannot matter if they are of any particular “sex, sexual orientation, (or) gender identity” under this bill.

There is nothing wrong with matching the sex of caretakers to those needing care. That's a good practice for the protection of those needing care.

This bill makes that illegal, and that is wrong.

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