Virginia Employment Law
At Berry & Berry, PLLC, our Virginia employment lawyers represent private sector, state, county, and municipal employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia in various types of investigations, county and state grievance procedures, disciplinary action defense, whistleblower issues, equal employment opportunity (EEO) matters, and executive, non-compete and severance agreements. When employment issues for Virginia employees arise, it is very important to obtain legal advice and/or representation for your employment matter.
Please contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your individual Virginia employment matter.
Some of the areas of Virginia employment law where we advise and represent employees including the following:
(1) Wrongful Termination for Employees in Virginia
If a Virginia employee is terminated, there can be a number of grounds to allege wrongful termination for dismissals from employment in Virginia. These can include being terminated for an illegal reason as listed below, or perhaps in violation of an employment contract. Our Virginia employment lawyers represent employees in regards to wrongful termination matters in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Some helpful articles follow:
(2) Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Claims
Our Virginia employment attorneysrepresent Virginia employees in employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases. The Virginia Human Rights Act (Virginia Code § 2.2-3901) protects employees against conduct that violates any Virginia, federal statute, or regulation governing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, or disability. These issues often arise in the context of disciplinary actions (termination/suspension from employment) or illegal or improper promotion decisions. We represent Virginia employees in these types of employment matters before the Virginia Office of Attorney General, Division of Human Rights; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); local Virginia county-based human rights commissions, such as the Fairfax and Arlington County Human Rights offices; and in arbitration. Some helpful articles follow:
(3) Virginia State and County Grievance Procedures
Our law firm represents county (e.g. Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William, etc.) and state employees in Virginia in grievance matters involving employment issues. Most counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia provide internal grievance procedures to address disciplinary and other employment issues (e.g., Fairfax County Grievance Procedure). At the state level, the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management has established a grievance process in conjunction with Virginia Code § 2.2-3003 through which a Virginia state government employee can bring employment issues to management. Many types of these issues, such as those involving discipline or performance, can be taken to the hearing level. We represent county and state employees during their grievance presentations, grievance hearings, grievance appeals, and in court. The following article explains the Virginia process for state employees.
(4) Internal or Administrative Investigations in Virginia
We are often called upon to represent private and public sector employees in Virginia who have become subject to internal or administrative investigations. In these types of matters, it is important for Virginia employees to have a Virginia employment lawyer represent and/or to advise them through the investigative process (e.g., during questioning, written responses, and personal interviews). Depending on the individual type of employer and type of investigation, we often represent employees in investigations conducted by private sector employers, public sector employers (County and State investigators), governmental authorities, and law enforcement employers (county, municipal and state police). For Virginia employees under investigation, it is important to obtain counsel as early as possible in the process to protect their employment and other rights.