Supervisor/temporary manager removed me from the schedule without prior notice. Was this legal?

I was employed, full-time, by a big
coffee chain in the San Francisco Bay
Area. Before I was to leave the store, I
gave in my two weeks notice that was
to take effect on the 18th of March.
However, the last week that I was
supposed to work, the
supervisor/temporary manager
removed me from the entire week’s
schedule without prior notice. I have
evidence and a witness. What should I
do?

Asked on May 8, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Under the circumstances, it was legal to not be scheduled hours to work for your last week; in fact you could have been asked to leave the premises immediately. Further, you are not entitled to pay for that week; an employer need only pay an employee for the time that was actually worked even if the employee was willing to stay. The fact is that giving a 2-week notice is a courtesy on an employee's part, however an employer need not return the courtesy. This holds true unless you had something such as an employmentcontract/union agreement which provided for different treatment or this was in violation of company policy (either written or runs counter to the way in which other employees in the same situation were treated). Also, your treatment must not have been the result of some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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