VIRGINIA IS FOR…. 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

I am sure you have heard the tag line, “Virginia is for lovers” haven’t you?

Well I am going to propose a change. Let us be honest with ourselves and chose a slogan that would actually be true.

Here is my humble suggestion: VIRGINIA IS FOR EMPLOYERS.

Now I like the sound of that, and, as an employment lawyer who represents only employees, I know it to be true.

True or false:

1. If you are fired, your non-compete is no longer binding under Va law?


2. If you refuse to sign a non-compete, you can be fired?


3. If you want to start your own business, you may be forbidden from doing so because of an agreement you signed 6 years ago?


4. If your company is sold, and you lose your job, you may still be bound by your non-compete?


Well employees, do not totally despair. Virginia may be for Employers, but you should know your options too. Dan and I are here to help you navigate our fair state’s legal system.

Maybe in a few years the bumper sticker will read, VIRGINIA IS FOR EMPLOYEES.

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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

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