Have your rights been violated by Wrongful Termination?
Written by our employment lawyers in Virginia Beach
We receive many calls and emails from people who want to file a case for “wrongful termination” of their job against their former employer. The law which determines whether you were wrongfully terminated or treated can be complex to navigate through. An experienced lawyer can help you understand whether you were in fact wrongfully terminated.
For more than a decade, our employment lawyers in Virginia Beach have handled employment discrimination cases for individuals throughout Hampton Roads, including Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.
The first thing that you must understand is that Virginia is an “at-will” employment state. This means that an employer can terminate you from your job for no reason at all, says Greg Klein, one of our employment lawyers in Virginia Beach. Your boss is not required to give you any warning or notice prior to firing you. Therefore, you can be fired without being written up and without notice and that alone is not enough to maintain a wrongful termination claim.
So what is wrongful termination? It is an exception to Virginia’s employment at-will policy. Essentially, wrongful termination occurs when you have been let go from your job and doing so is a violation of public policy. Public policy is violated if you are fired for either exercising one of your legal rights or refusing to commit a criminal act. Public policy is also violated if you are fired when you are a member of a class of people who are protected by certain statutes.
Are you protected by any statutes? It depends on the facts of the case and therefore you should consult with an employment lawyer if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, or Hampton Roads.
These cases can often be filed in state or federal court, and you will want to make sure that your employment lawyer is comfortable in either of those arenas.
In addition to wrongful termination cases, our law firm handles matters including sexual harassment, FMLA violations, FLSA violations, ADA violations, discrimination, and unpaid wages.
If you believe your rights have been violated by your employer, please call us immediately at (757) 432-2500 or use our online form below.
Employment lawyers in Virginia Beach serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and all of Hampton Roads.