Is it legal if I give my job my 2 week notice and they let me go that day because the don’t want to pay me?

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Is it legal if I give my job my 2 week notice and they let me go that day because the don’t want to pay me?

I gave my job my 2 week notice and they let me go that afternoon. I was told “my services we no longer needed.”

Asked on November 12, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, this is legal because you are not entitled to 2 weeks pay.  An employer need only pay you for the time that was actually worked. While giving a 2-week notice is a courtesy on the employee's part, the fact is that an employer need not extend the courtesy the other way.  Absent a union/employment contract which provides for different treatment or this is in violation of company policy (either written or runs counter to the way in which other employees were treated in the same situation), your employer's actions are legal.  However, if you feel that discrimination played some sort of role, you may have a claim (for example, you were treated differently based on your sex, religion, national, origin, age, etc).


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