What to do if I worked for a company for 2 weeks and I resigned but was penalized $500?

Now it is time for me to receive compensation for the 2 weeks that I worked, however they are saying I will receive it less $500 for damages for not giving a 60 day notice. I wasn’t made aware that this would happen if I didn’t put in a 60 day notice. How can I be penalized? I also never signed a contract only an offer letter. Is this legal?

Asked on October 29, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If there was no contract in which you agreed that should you leave without 60 days notice, they may not penalize you this money; rather they owe you pay for the full time you worked. You would have had to agree contractually to the penalty. If they will not pay it, you could sue them for the money, but economically, that would only make sense if you sue in small claims court, acting as your own attorney ("pro se").

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