Monday, July 15, 2013

Virginia as a Right to Work State

Virginia, as you may know, is a "Right to Work" state.  The term can have a complicated root and definition but for the purposes of this article, it means in Virginia, you can terminated from your job for no reason at all.  This means that tomorrow morning your boss could decide, for no reason, to fire you.  You would have little, if any, recourse in that situation (although you should always consult with an attorney regarding your specific circumstances).

Although you can be terminated for no reason at all, you still cannot be terminated for improper reasons.  This means you cannot be terminated due to your race, age, national origin, gender, etc.  The problem with this is that it becomes very difficult to prove that you were terminated for an illegal reason because your employer does not have to have any reason at all to terminate you.

If you have been terminated from your job, speak with an attorney as soon as possible to determine what rights you may have.