Can an employer terminate you for putting in a two weeks notice?? The reason outlined in my termination was that “my services are no longer needed”

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Yes. They can fire you for giving your two weeks notice. The good news is that in most States because you were ready willing and able to work and the employer ended your employment without a disqualifying reason, you should be able to file and collect for unemployment for your 2 week notice period. (I recommend doing it...) In my 25 years in HR, occasionally there's a good valid reason for ending the employment early. Mostly it's the employer being petty. In general, any unemployment you collect are paid directly from the employer via their taxes, so if they're being petty, and you collect, you "win". (And if there happens to be a valid reason, then the employer would have planned for it and expects the claim.)


Technically "maybe". But I would take that with a grain of salt. It kind of depends on their version of the story which you may never know. From your point of view, the "final event" that led to the end of your employment was that you voluntarily resigned. For whatever reason outside of your control, they choose not to let work out your notice period. They didn't give you any reason good/bad/other.
As long as you can confidently & truthfully say you took all the customary and appropriate steps to end your employment (based on the details in the original post, I don't see anything out of the ordinary) then I don't know that I would volunteer any extra information other than start/end dates & voluntary quit, unless specifically asked about it.


I have been in HR for over 30 years and in every company I’ve worked, when a manager chose to let an employee leave before their intended last day, we paid them through that day. Does not look good for a company to not “do the right thing.”


General speaking yes, a lot of places will choose to fire someone when they put their two weeks in. There are several reasons for this. One, your boss is just petty, one could be they are worried about your performance lacking going forward or that you will take company data or clients, etc.


Yeah it was definitely reason number one. My CEO sent me an email at 5 in the morning. She frantically messaged me 10 times while I was sleeping & stated that I needed to be available to the CEO at all times. I told her that is not the case & 30 minutes later I get a termination letter.


I, too, would not consider this a termination. Many times when employees resign with a two week notice, mangers opt to accept the resignation effective immediately. This has happened to me once before. I’ve also seen this happen when the employee is leaving to work for a competitor, when an employee was not performing well prior to the resignation, and when the manager simply did not want the employees to start any new projects and therefore had no further need for the employee. In every case, the employee was paid through the notice period. Not sure if your state requires separation notices (we do in GA), but I’d definitely make sure it is recorded as a voluntary separation.


You already resigned so you’re not being fired but the employer can determine your last day of work and services with them.


Yes. Had this happen to my husband a few months ago. They had him leave the same day he handed in his resignation, lost access to the slack channel, and essentially had a two week vacation before the new job started!


Love it! Turn that lemon into lemonade!!

I’ve had to “change the end date” on a number of folks giving their two week notices. I would not consider that being fired.


Well, I mean, technically speaking, they can't "fire" you if you've already resigned. But yes, they can ask you to leave immediately if they want.

Yes. I've seen it happen when employees were going to direct competitors or were working on hush hush projects.

Uhhh I don't think that is legal.

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