Can I quit because of an emergency reason?
Today I got a phone call from my parents stating that my relative (stage 4 cancer) in a coma (she is dying) I really want to see her, the manager said ITS AGAINST the company policy to leave for emergency or quit WITH NO 2 W NOTICE, AND IF I LEAVE I MUST RETURN in 2 weeks, what can I do? how do I return the badge and the keycard? because I'm not sure when I can return, I worked less than a month. IF I QUIT BECAUSE OF THE EMERGENCY REASON CAN I BE ARRESTED OR SUED FROM THE COMPANY? I don't think I signed for a specific time to stay with them, plz help, THANKS
2 attorney answers
Yes you can leave a job at any time you choose. As an at will employee you have the right to quit at any time and for any reason or even no reason at all. You can simply walk off the job if you desire.
The only exception is if you signed a contract that promised to give a certain amount of notice. Even then you can leave, but the employer would have a technical right to seek damages incurred as a result of your early departure. However such an action is rare. See my answer to your other post for more detail.
Good luck to you.
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The default rule in California is that employees are "at-will," which means that they can quit for any reason and without any notice, and can be fired for any reason and without notice (as long as the firing isn't illegal). Unless you have a contacted with your employer where you agreed to work for a certain amount of time, then the default "at-will" status should apply, and you should be able to resign without repercussion
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