In Virginia, can my employer:
1. Fire me for not signing a non-compete? YES
2. Fire me for not telling them I was under a non-compete when I took the job? YES
3. Fire me for discussing possible breach of my non compete with a co-worker? YES
4. Fire me because they don’t like my yellow sweater? YES
Virginia is a “right to work” state which really means “at – will” you can be fired for any non-discriminatory reason. So as long as it is not related to age, race, gender or religion – they can fire you, and non-competes are not age, race, gender or religion.
So be aware – yes they can fire you for not disclosing, not signing, planning a breach etc.