Q: I notified my employer I was giving notice. Company policy is 2wks. He accepted effective immediately, without paying.

I was in a very high corporate position but did not sign a contract beyond the handbook. I had no formal documentations in my year at the company. I started as a VP, and he changed my title and responsibilities to a higher role, without changing my pay.

Was the company required to pay my notice period?

My partner was also terminated an hour after I gave notice, with no documentation, purely due to his relation to me.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kirton M. Madison
Kirton M. Madison
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Huntersville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: If you were an at-will employee, then the company (assuming it is not a state agency) had no obligation to pay the notice period. The organization was free to terminate your employment absent an agreement stating otherwise.

It seems as though you are suggesting that a contract was created when you signed the handbook (as if some policy was violated by your termination). I would say, "it depends." Usually, signing a handbook would not create a contract. However, you would need to provide more information about the specific circumstances (and the handbook itself) in order for a determination to be made.

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