What can I do if I relocated to a new job 3 months ago but was laid off today with no notice whatsoever?

I was not offered any severance pay. My plan is to move back home with my parents, but it will cost me $7,000 just to cancel my lease. Can I ask my company to cover these charges? If they will not pay, can I take legal action and sue them for the amount?

Asked on December 1, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, they do not have to pay you your relocation back home. Employment is "employment at will"; you can be terminated at any time, for any reason, without notice, so you take a job knowing you can be fired at any time and you have no recourse for being fired. Your employer does not owe you anything for your lease, for your expenses, etc. with employment at will; they do owe for any work you did but have not yet been paid for; they would owe you a bonus IF the obligation to pay the bonus was in writing and you met the criteria to get the bonus; they would not owe you your vacation time unless there was a written employment contract or other written agreement saying that you are paid out vacation on termination of employment.


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