Employment Law and Litigation

Northern Virginia Attorneys for Employers and Employees

Virginia is an "at-will" employment state. That means that, unless otherwise agreed between the employer and employee, all employment is presumed to be terminable at the will of either the employee or the employer, for any reason or for no reason at all. "At will" employees are free to resign at any time, and an employer may discharge any employee at any time, with or without a reason.

Despite the circumstances created by Virginia's "at will" employment laws, there are many issues that can arise between employers and employees. Our attorneys  at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC  are uniquely experienced in representing both employers and employees in many different employment situations. Our wide-ranging background enables us to vigorously represent your needs, while being able to anticipate how the other side will approach a negotiation or a legal case.

When a dispute rises to the level of litigation, we aggressively represent your interests in court. Our lawyers can advise you on the strength of your case. Our experience in litigating employment law disputes puts us in an excellent position to help you obtain your goals through negotiation or litigation.

Knowing the Law is Critical in Employment Matters

Employers and employees must know their rights and the law when it comes to age, gender, and racial discrimination; sexual and other harassment in the workplace; the Family and Medical Leave Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; and other legal provisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Our attorneys know employment laws and regulations. We represent and advise employers and employees in a wide range of types of employment matters and litigation.

We can review and draft contracts, non-solicitation agreements, offer letters, and employee handbooks. We can counsel you on matters regarding severance, unemployment insurance, and any other employment-related issues. Having solid legal representation in all these matters will help avoid disputes before they happen.

Non-compete Agreements

An increasing number of employers ask their employees to sign non-compete agreements. These agreements can limit an employee's ability to get another position in a competing industry for a period of time and within a certain geographic area. Our broad experience with non-compete agreements enables us to review, draft, and even litigate over non-compete agreements from either the employer's or employee's perspective.

The best time to seek a lawyer's advice is before you have a dispute. Our experience litigating non-compete agreements gives us outstanding background to draft enforceable agreements for employers.

Severance Negotiation

Even though Virginia is an "employment-at-will" state, employers sometimes offer severance packages to avoid the cost of potential litigation. If you accept a severance agreement, you will likely be asked to sign an agreement that would prevent you from suing your employer. Our attorneys often advise employees who are offered severance pay or packages. We may be able to help you obtain a more favorable agreement, either by negotiating with your employer directly or by helping you prepare a negotiation strategy.

Depending on the circumstances of your separation, you may have the option of suing your employer. We can advise you on the strength of your case. Our experience in litigating employment law disputes puts us in an excellent position to help you obtain your goals through negotiation or litigation.

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