If you give your 2-week notice and your employer lets you go do they have to pay you for those 2 weeks?

Asked on July 29, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, your employer does not have to pay you for those 2 weeks. The fact is that giving such a notice is a courtesy, not a requirement. Therefore, an employer is under no obligation to honor it. The fact is that an employer can set the terms and conditions of employment much as it sees fit. So unless your treatment was due to some form of actionable discrimination or violated the terms of an employment contract, union agreement, existing company policy, etc., your employer's action was perfectly legal.

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