I love buzz words and misunderstood phrases. They keep attorneys like me, in business.

For example: “Right to Work State.”

You know what that means, don’t you?
a. You can’t be fired without cause.
b. You can’t be forced to sign a non-compete.
c. Both a & b.
d. You can’t be forced to join a union.

HMM. If you guessed a, b or c – you need to read this. Now. Please. Stop reading and go to this link right away.

Many client inquiries begin with questions:

“Can they fire me for..?”
“Is the contract really binding if…?”
“If I have my wife own the competing business, can I?”

long and short of Virginia Employment law, is this:

1. You can mostly be fired for any reason but for Race, Gender, Age or Religion.

2. Your non-compete agreement will stand on its own – which means it must be reviewed before anyone, attorney, etc. can give you an opinion as to whether it is valid under Virginia law.

3. Rumors about employment law, are rarely true.

4. Most of Virginia employment law is defined by court cases – not hard and fast code sections… so it means it is evolving.

Want to learn facts from fiction? Want your Non-compete or employment contract reviewed today? Call our office.

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