Can an employer tell me when i am going to quit?

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Can an employer tell me when i am going to quit?

I told my boss of 7 years that I am
looking for a new job to give them
ample time to find a replacement. My
boss told me two days later that my
last day will be in 2 weeks. Is that
legal? Am I quitting or being fired?

Asked on March 25, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You didn't quit; you were fired. While many people think they can only be fired for looking for a new job if they do it on company time. However, that simply isn't the case; it is perfectly legal for your employer to fire you for the sole reason that you are looking for a new position. In this case, yiu were trying to be fair but unfrtunately it came back on you. Actually, the fact is that absent legally actionable discrimination, an employer cans set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes when a why to terminate a worker. In fact, an employee can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, unless there exits a union agreement or employment contract to the contrary.

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