Can my employer take legal action against me for quiting my job without a 2 week notice?

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Can my employer take legal action against me for quiting my job without a 2 week notice?

I was a manager at a doctor’s office for 6 years. I got paid hourly and was under no contract. Recently, my employer hired an assistant manager for me to train her how to do my job because he believed that I needed help. However, I found out that she was making more money than me and confronted him about it. He was not willing to make things better, so I quit but without giving a 2 week

notice. He stated that since I’m the only one who knows how to do things in the office, that I have

to train this new girl before I leave or he will take legal action against me. She worked there for

2 months before I quit and she watched what I did every day. It was not my fault that she didn’t catch on.

Asked on April 6, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, your employer cannot do this unless your leaving without notice violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Otherwise, your work arrangement is "at will". This means you can be terminated for no reason or any reason at all, with or without notice. Conversely, you can leave your job for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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