Is it legal to close a business and only give your employees a few hours notice that they no longer have a job?

Asked on November 5, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin


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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Absent company policy to the contrary, or a union agreement/employment contract that prohibits this, or treatment in this situation is due to some form of actionable discrimination, no laws have been broken. Your employer's action is legally permissible. The fact is that an employer can fire at will (i.e. with or without a reason and with or without notice). While unfair; it is the law.

If you have any questions you can contact an employment law attorney and/or contact your state's department of labor.

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