What are the wrongful discharge laws in Virginia?

The rules in Virginia say that an employee can sue for wrongful discharge if:

  • The employee exercises a right to do something (or not do something) that a statute specifically entitled the employee to do, and because of that, the employee is fired.
  • The employee acts pursuant to a public policy clearly announced by a statute, the employee is a member of the class of people the statute is designed to protect, and then, the employer terminates the employee for acting in accordance with that public policy.
  • The employee refused to commit a crime and is fired for it.