What can I do if I put in my 2 weeks notice and was let go early but my employer informed me that they would still pay me for the the entire 2 week period but did not?

I put in my 2 weeks resignation letter and after 4 days of working I was asked to switch from nights to day shift for my final week even though I was not supposed to make that switch for another 2 weeks. I informed my manager that I could not make that switch as I had already had activities planned during the day for that week. That night my immediate manager came to the office during the night and had a one on one meeting with me. During that meeting he expressed that he was disappointed that I would not be able to switch from nights to the day shift for my final week of employment. He said that he had spoken with the head manager and they had decided that my last day would be the day of the meeting. He instructed me to give him my badge and laptop provided by the company and instructed me to leave my profile along with all of my information on the machine and not delete it. At the conclusion of the meeting my immediate supervisors direct words were,

Asked on July 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, without an employment contract or union agreement providing for the payment of wages under the circumstances, you are not required to be paid. This is true even if your employer said otherwise; this promise is legally  unenforceable. The giving of a 2 week notice is a courtesy on an employee's part; their employer need not return the courtesy with the payment for that time, unless that time was actually worked. Also, unless your treatment constituted some form actionable discrimination, you have no claim here. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company can set the terms and conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit.


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