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HB 397 Discrimination; specification of certain terms relating to sex or gender.

Introduced by: Dave A. LaRock | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Discrimination based on an individual's sex. Specifies that the terms "because of gender," "because of sex," "on the basis of gender," and "on the basis of sex" and terms of similar import when used in reference to discrimination in the Code and acts of the General Assembly mean because of or on the basis of the biologic character or quality that distinguishes an individual as either male or female as determined at birth by analysis of the individual's gonadal, internal and external morphologic, chromosomal, and hormonal characteristics. The bill provides that, consistent with Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia, no local ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex shall consider the mere separation of individuals by sex to be discrimination. The bill permits local school boards to enact policies prohibiting discrimination in education on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, marital status, or disability, provided that, consistent with Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia, no such policy shall consider the mere separation of individuals by sex to be discrimination.


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