What are my rights after being let go at work without notice?

UPDATED: Sep 16, 2011

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What are my rights after being let go at work without notice?

I gave a 2 week notice at work due to some sexual harassment issues that were not resolved. However, they really needed me so I continued to work another 2 months. that I was then told 5 days ago (20 minutes before my shift) they no longer needed me; they said that they were just honoring my 2 weeks. What rights do I have?

Asked on September 16, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Nebraska


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid that you don't have too many rights here. That is unless there was a union agreement, employment contract, or company policy to the contrary. Or unless some form of actionable discrimination was a factor. In an "at will" employment relationship an employer may discharge an employee for any or no reason at all, with or without notice. While you gave the courtesy of a 2 week notice, unfortunately that courtesy is not a requirement so your employer need not extend it the other way.

Bottom line, your dismissal was most likely legally permissible (although highly unprofessional).

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