Claim your Copy of
Top 100 FLSA
Overtime Q&As
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Virginia Termination (with Discharge): What you need to know

Virginia is an "employment-at-will" state. This means that an employer may generally terminate an employee at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, unless an agreement exists that provides otherwise. There are, however, limitations on the doctrine. For instance, a federal or state law, collective bargaining agreement, or individual employment contract may restrict an employer's ability to terminate an employee.
Although the Virginia courts generally adhere to the doctrine of employment at will, there are a number of notable exceptions to the rule, including the following:
For a Limited Time receive a FREE Compensation Market Analysis Report! Find out how much you should be paying to attract and retain the best applicants and employees, with customized information for your industry, location, and job. Get Your Report Now!
Court summons. It is illegal to discipline an employee for responding to a summons to serve on a jury. Employers are also forbidden from discharging an employee for missing work when summoned to court to testify as a witness (VA Code Sec. 18.2-465.1).
Crime victims. It is unlawful for an employer to discharge, refuse to hire, or discriminate against an employee who is a victim of a crime for taking leave to attend a criminal proceeding (VA Code Sec. 40.1-28.7:2).
Election officials. Employers are prohibited from taking any adverse employment action against employees who take time off from work to serve as election officials as long as the employee gives reasonable notice of such service (VA Code Sec. 24.2-118.1).
Garnishment. Employers may not discharge, discipline, or refuse to hire anyone because of a support withholding order (VA Code Sec. 20-79.3(9)). For consumer credit transactions, an employer may not discharge an employee because of one wage garnishment (VA Code Sec. 34-29).
Health and safety laws. Employers may not retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint, testifying, or exercising ...

>> Read more about Termination (with Discharge)

More on this topic:

State Requirements

National | Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

Virginia Termination (with Discharge) Resources

Termination (with Discharge) Products

The Termination Process Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "The Termination Process: Exit Interviews, Termination Pay, and Post-Termination Steps to Keep You Out of Court""
10-Minute HR Trainer™
Here’s the system that gives you everything you need to train your supervisors and managers on the everyday HR skills they need. In just 10 minutes per session you can deliver effective training - without the hard work of preparation. From ADA to how to avoid termination problems, you get 50 prewritten trainer outlines, reproducible handouts, plus case studies and quizzes. Free quarterly updates."
HR Audit Checklists
Created by employment law experts, this unique and practical handbook provides prewritten checklists that help spot and correct compliance problems before they become costly lawsuits. You get checklists on HR policies, job descriptions, safety and OSHA, compensation programs, hiring practices, performance measurement, telecommuting, flexible work hours and much, much more. "
QuikStep Guide to Firing
QuikStep guides tell you what to do, how to do it, what to say, when to say it. All QuikStep guides feature a simple step-by-step solution with detailed instructions, samples, tips, and checklists."
HR Training Presentations in PowerPoint®
Complete PowerPoint® training program makes it easy to train your supervisors and managers on critical employment law topics. Carefully researched sessions are complete with customizable PowerPoint® slides, quiz, speaker's notes, and handouts. Now with audio presentations for the option to "play" the training or the trainer can use the powerpoint session to easily train supervisors on how to handle sensitive labor law issues like ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment, etc."
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of Top 100 FLSA Overtime Q&As

We’ve compiled a list of the 100 most commonly asked questions we have received on the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.
Download Now!

This report, "Top 100 FLSA Q&As", is designed to provide you with an examination of the federal FLSA overtime regulations in Q&A format, including valuable tips for bringing your workplace into compliance in an affordable manner.

At the end of the report, you will find a list of state resources on wage and hour issues. This report includes practical advice on topics such as:
  • FLSA Coverage: How FLSA regulations apply to all employers and any specific exemptions from the overtime requirements
  • Salary Level: Qualifying for exemptions and nonexempt employees
  • Deductions from Pay: Deducting for violations, disciplinary reasons, sick leave, or personal leave

Download Now!