I have been at my job here in Marlborough MA for 4 years and am planning to move to Florida in a few months. It seems like the right thing to do to give enough notice to my boss that I’ll be leaving so they can hire someone else and I can help get the new person trained but I’m afraid they’ll fire me and then I’ll be without a job until I move. Is it legal for them to fire me after I give notice?
If you do not have an employment contract with your employer, the general rule, subject to many exceptions, is that an employer can fire you for any reason or no reason, with or without notice. If none of the exceptions to the at-will employment rule apply in your case (for example illegal discrimination), then you might be able to get a sense as to whether they will immediately let you go by finding out how other employees have been treated who gave notice in the past. Many legitimate reasons exist for an employer to terminate an employee immediately once they give their notice so that fear is reasonable. However, many employers will appreciate the advanced notice and will not immediately terminate you even though they could because they will want your assistance training your replacement.