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I am sorry to hear that your employment was terminated. Losing your job is never easy.
Unfortunately, Virginia is an at-will employment state. That means that either you or the employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason or no reason at all. The limitation is that employers cannot terminate an employee for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or retaliation for exercising an employee's legal right.
Accordingly, severance pay is also not a requirement under the law. The only way an employee would be entitled to severance pay, is if the employee had an agreement to that effect with the employer.
However, you may have a claim for discrimination, based on the scientology issue that you raised. There are two options for filing a discrimination complaint:
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