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Virginia Prohibits Discrimination Based on Ethnic Origin

Effective July 1, 2024, the Virginia Human Rights Act is amended to prohibit discrimination based on ethnic origin. 

Employers should update their employee handbooks including their equal employment and non-discrimination/non-harassment policies, and any related training materials to include this additional protected class. In addition, hiring managers and recruiters should be aware of these requirements and be properly trained on any updated recruiting practices and employment documents. 

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