If you are asked to leave the day you submita 2 week letter of resignation, are you entitled to the 2 weeks pay?

UPDATED: Aug 2, 2011

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If you are asked to leave the day you submita 2 week letter of resignation, are you entitled to the 2 weeks pay?

After submitting a letter of resignation stating that I would be leaving my current position to pursue another opportunity, I was abruptly told to leave the day the letter was submitted. I was planning on finishing out the next 2 weeks and ending on good terms, as stated in the letter. Because it did not pan out this way, can I file for unemployment for those last two weeks or is there a law that requires an employer to pay for those 2 weeks that I was planning on working?

Asked on August 2, 2011 Illinois


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you are not entitled to be paid for this time. While giving a 2-week notice is a courtesy on the employee's part, an employer need not extend the courtesy the other way.  That is unless you have a union or employment contract which prohibits this or this action violates company policy (either written or runs counter to the way in which other employees have been treated in the same situation). Absent the foregoing, your employer's actions are legal.  If, however, you feel that discrimination played some sort of role you may have a claim.

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