Must a 3 week notice be honored by an employer?

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Must a 3 week notice be honored by an employer?

Former co-worker of mine told her employer that she is pregnant and will work until the end of the month. However, she was told she will be let go today. Does she have grounds for legal action or since she told them she will be quitting, does that remove those grounds? Also, will she be eligible for unemployment since they’re letting her go rather than her quitting?

Asked on April 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

An employer need only pay a worker for the time that was actually worked. Further, giving notice is a courtesy on an employee's part, therefore an employer need not honor it. Unless your co-worker has something such as a union agreement or employment contract which provides for different treatment or this action was in violation of company policy (either written or runs counter to the way in which other employees in the same situation were treated), your company did nothing wrong. Read more: Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Follow us: @FreeAdviceNews on Twitter | freeadvice on Facebook

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