Is it illegal for my employer to cut my hours after I put my 2 weeks notice in?

I have been looking for a better job with better hours for the past few weeks. My employer knew this information. She knew I would be quitting soon. She didn’t seem to have a problem with it until I put my 2 weeks in. I saw the schedule for the following week and I’m only scheduled one day as opposed to the 3 or 4 days I’d been working. I just want to know if she’s allowed to cut my hours after I put my notice in?

Asked on April 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). This includes determining what hours to schedule an employee. This is true unless such an action violates the terms of an employment contract or union/collective bargaining agreement. As for your 2 weeks notice, an employer is not bound by such a notice, therefore instead of cutting your hours you could have been outright terminated. While unfortunate, it is legal.

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