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.

Lauren Ellerman
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