Often times employees misunderstand wrongful termination claims to be much broader than they really are. In Virginia, without a contract stating specific terms, employees are considered "at will." This generally means that an employer may terminate the employee for any reason at any time. However, this is not absolute and there are certain expressly prohibited exceptions, which can lead to a claim of wrongful termination. Typically, a wrongful termination claim made by an employee must be made based upon a prohibited discriminatory purpose, such as those found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, retaliation for making a protected claim, or a termination that is in violation of public policy. A knowledgeable employment attorney can assist the employer or the employee in recognizing whether or not there is liability for a claim of wrongful termination.
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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits termination or adverse employment action against an employee on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, or national origin. In addition, there are prohibitions regarding discrimination as a result of pregnancy, age, or disability. A skilled and knowledgeable employment lawyer can assist you in determining the nature and extent of a wrongful termination claim.
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