returning to place of employment

I was fired from a restaurant 4 months ago, and I was wondering if I am allowed to return as a customer. If they ask me to leave, am I required to by law?

Asked on June 25, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, New York


J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Although I do not know the specifics in general if a person is fired from somewhere such as a restaurant without the employer specifically telling you not to return you have every right to go back to eat at the restaurant.

As for if you must leave if requested the answer is yes. The restaurant is entitled to tell certain individuals they are not welcome. Because the restaurant is a privately owned establishment they are entitled to decide who can and cannot be present on the property. Therefore if asked to leave you would have to do so or they can actually call the police and have you arrested for trespassing if you refuse to cooperate and leave on your own.

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