If I quit without notice (and am under contract), can I be sued?
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Even if you signed a contract, unless the employer spent a lot of money in finding and hiring you, or getting you trained, or advanced money to you, it is not likely that you will be sued.
Most likely, you did not sign a contract, especially if you were just a temporary employee.
You are entitled to receive a copy of any employment document you signed. Make a written request to the employer and keep a copy for yourself. If the employer doesn't provide you with copies of everything you signed, it is violating the law.
Most likely you were an at-will employee, as Mr. Chen stated. Please see my guide to at-will employment in California which should help you understand your rights now and in the future: https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/a-short-summary-of-california-at-will-employment.
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No, not for quitting. In Caifornia, employment is presumed to be "at will" which means the employment relationship can be terminated by either employer or employee at any time without notice.
However, if you stole any trade secrets from the company or did anything improper, you might get sued. But not for just quitting.
Frank W. Chen is licensed to practice law in the State of California. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.