CAN THEY FIRE YOU FOR FAILING TO SIGN A NON-COMPETE?


This is a good question.

The answer in Virginia is pretty much, YES, you can be lawfully fired for failing to sign a non-compete.

That is, unless you have a written employment arrangement wherein each party agrees otherwise.

Most employees in Virginia are considered at-will, which means you can be fired and or quit at will, without reason.

One reason you can be fired, is failure to sign a restrictive covenant, or non-compete agreement.

Sad, but true.

Some people sign because they are fearful that they will be fired and they cannot afford to lose their jobs.

Want to know your rights and options? We are happy to help.

And lets clear the record for one more time – you do NOT have a “RIGHT TO WORK” In Virginia. Learn more about Virginia as a Right to work State here, or here.

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.