Employment At-Will: Virginia
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
- Employment relationships in Virginia are presumed to be at-will, meaning the employment relationship can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. See The At-Will Relationship.
- Virginia recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
- At-will employees in Virginia challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories so long as the plaintiff employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.