While it might seem unjust, most employees in the United States can be fired for looking for another job. Virginia law adheres to the principle of “at-will” employment, meaning both employers and employees have the right to terminate their employment relationship at any time without cause or notice unless a contract states otherwise. However, it’s crucial to emphasize that this principle doesn’t grant employers the right to fire employees based on discriminatory or retaliatory reasons.
Federal and state laws establish protections within the workplace to ensure employees are safeguarded against discrimination or retaliation termination. However, if you were fired while looking for another job, this may qualify as wrongful termination. Get in touch with our wrongful termination attorneys to learn more.
How Does Virginia Law Define Wrongful Termination?
Under Virginia law, wrongful termination is described as dismissing an employee without valid justification. If an employee is fired for unlawful reasons or by breaching their employment contract, rather than for legitimate business purposes, they are entitled to pursue legal action against their employer. The following are a few instances that authorize just termination:
- Poor job performance
- Violation of company policies
- Downsizing of the company
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, we recommend seeking advice from a professional and understanding employment lawyer. Having someone with extensive legal knowledge on your side will provide you with the representation you deserve.
Protected Class: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
A protected class refers to specific personal characteristics or status legally safeguarded from discrimination through federal, state, and local laws. Below are the protected characteristics under U.S. federal law:
- National origin
- Genetic information
While federal law prohibits discrimination against the above-protected classes, Virginia state legislation also has its own list employers must abide by, which includes:
- National origin
- Childbirth or related medical conditions
- Marital status
In certain situations, resolving the matter through negotiation or mediation might be possible instead of resorting to litigation. Nonetheless, there are numerous instances where wrongful termination leads to substantial damages for the employee. The Spiggle Law Firm has dealt with various wrongful termination cases and thoroughly understands the strategies employers and their lawyers use to try and invalidate your claim. With our representation, you will have the support of experienced, devoted individuals.
How Can a Wrongful Termination Lawyer Help Your Case?
When confronting an employer over wrongful termination, presenting concrete and detailed information and evidence to support your unjust dismissal claim is crucial. This intricate process demands a comprehensive grasp of state and federal laws on discrimination and retaliation. Partnering with a wrongful termination lawyer will provide you with the following services:
- Accessible and responsive communication
- Honest and reliable answers to questions and concerns
- Fierce negotiations for fair and just compensation
- Connections with expert witnesses to support your claim
- Organize documents and records for your claim
- Prove the other parties’ fault and liability
- Quick delivery of essential documents
- Thorough and up-to-date understanding of Virginia’s laws
The Spiggle Law Firm and our attorneys will thoroughly assess the circumstances surrounding your termination, including your job performance, work history, and the reasons provided by your employer. We will advise you on the most suitable course of action and guide you on proceeding if your case reaches the courts. We will be with you throughout every step of the process and advise you on any decisions you need to make as well.
Find a Compassionate Wrongful Termination Lawyer at the Spiggle Law Firm
Many individuals look for new jobs for various reasons. If your employer is trying to use that excuse to cover up their discrimination or retaliation, contact The Spiggle Law Firm’s team. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of Virginia employees. We offer clients genuine advocacy and responsive communication throughout the process. We offer a “Same Page Guarantee,” meaning you’ll have lawyers who fully understand your interests and needs.