Can i get sued for quitting my job?

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Can i get sued for quitting my job?

My company is investing on a project that I am expected to complete for them that expands the company brand so to speak. I am the sole person responsible for this project. Due to the work load required and unreasonable expectations I’ve made the decision to resign. Can I be held liable for damages if I resign? The damages will mainly come from delayed completion and of course time spent finding someone to replace me.

Asked on October 18, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Employment in this country is employment at will. That means either party--either the employer or the employee--can terminate it at any time, for any reason, without prior warning or notice, and without incurreing any liability (i.e. without being sued). Just as they could legally fire you if they chose and you'd have no recourse, so, too can you resign or quit at any time and not incur any liability. In this country, you can be fired or quit at any time.
The only exception would be if you had a written employment contract in which your agreed to work for a set time (e.g. a one-year contract which has not expired) or provide certain minimum notice (e.g. 30 days). If you resign in violation of a contract, you can be sued for violating the contract.

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