Employment Law

Richmond Employment Law Attorneys

At CowanGates, we have substantive experience in representing employers in a variety of employment law issues and disputes. These issues include wrongful termination, discrimination, ERISA (EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT) litigation, and noncompetition agreements. Because of our work representing business owners in business formation, our employment law work is primarily focused on representing employers.

Since 1977, our firm has provided personal, professional, and community-based representation to businesses within the Central Virginia area. To speak with an experienced lawyer regarding your company’s employment-law matter, contact CowanGates today.

Virginia is an “At Will” Employment State

Employment in Virginia is “at will,” meaning employers and employees can terminate employment at any time with or without cause. The concept of “at will” employment can present problems to employers who terminate employees. Employees may bring forward claims of wrongful termination based on discrimination. The type of discrimination involves groups of individuals protected by the Civil Rights Act and the Virginia Human Rights Act. If you are an employer facing a claim of wrongful termination based on discrimination, our firm can help. We provide experienced representation in cases related to race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, and national origin. Read Attorney Deborah S. O’Toole’s article on “at will” employment.

Experienced Employment Law Representation

CowanGates provides a full range of legal services in employment law. Whether your concern is relatively minor or can fuel a major change in your business, we can help. We assist clients with employment issues such as:

  • Employment contracts
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Employment application and interviewing processes
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Severance agreements
  • ERISA (EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT) litigation
  • Independent contractor agreements

Our firm represents clients in litigation as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. Please contact us today to learn how we can help you.

At Will Employment by Deborah S. O’Toole