Labor & Employment Law

A phrase an employment lawyer in Virginia often hears in advising his or her clients is: “Virginia is an employment-at-will state” – meaning that the employer thinks he has the right to fire anyone at anytime for any reason. If that is your understanding of employment law in Virginia, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Employment law is one of the most complex, diverse and constantly changing areas in the legal profession. In the past, federal civil rights laws and employment laws (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, to name just a few) provided the vast majority of protections available to employees. Since 2020, the Virginia General Assembly has added to those protections by expanding the state remedies available under the Virginia Human Rights Act, eliminating some protections employers may have thought they had under non-compete agreements, and creating a brand-new state whistleblower protection statute.

Setliff Law offers clients experienced attorneys who are prepared to help you confront some of the most challenging issues facing employers in the modern workplace.

Setliff Law provides clients with legal advice, counseling, representation in litigation, and training in all aspects of employment, benefits and labor law. Our attorneys have experience across the spectrum of labor and employment matters, such as wrongful termination claims and federal employment discrimination litigation, including Title VII litigation and other federal civil rights litigation before the EEOC and federal courts, wage-hour violations, and other employment-related claims. We also have experience in matters arising in representation proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, litigation in state and federal courts, and administrative proceedings before such government agencies as the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, the firm advises employers on compliance issues under various labor and employment laws, helping clients to conform their workplace practices and procedures to current law.

The attorneys at Setliff Law understand the variety of problems and issues that can arise in a diverse workplace – they work diligently and efficiently to help employers comply with the ever changing laws, and they offer extensive and knowledgeable trial experience to bring employment- related claims to a successful resolution.