Antioch, CA asked in Employment Law and Business Law for California

Q: Can I be penalized if I quit a job I never officially started due to Coronavirus and they still can’t operate

Can I be penalized if I quit a job I never officially started due to Coronavirus and they still can’t operate but they were paying me a small amount of hours for 6 weeks. I have a new job offer possibly and want to resign this position never worked but want to know if I will encounter problems for quitting after being paid while away on standby? (still) even though I don’t intend to want to return when they do finally if ever open up operations accepting another opportunity. Important unique detail is I am not directly employed with the company I would’ve worked for but through a contract employment agency and the job was supposed to be for 1 year contingent upon starting and passing a a required training after starting, but I never went to training nor started. Thanks

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: COVID presents a lot of unique problems. Who is it that is going to penalize you? The temp agency?

In California, you are an at-will employee. This means that you can quit at any time, you are not required to give notice, unless you have a contract that says otherwise. From what you said it is not clear.

You should meet with an employment law specialist in your area, there are many good ones on this website, and take all your documentation to him. You can usually get a short free consultation, and he may be able to recommend something for self help or write you a resignation letter for a small fee.

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