California Employment Law

Have California Employment Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

California Employment Law
This answer was rated:

I unknowingly violated a company policy by using examples of

my work while looking for...
I unknowingly violated a company policy by using examples of my work while looking for a job (our contract is scheduled to end this year) They suspended me while investigating it. They refused my resignation and fired me instead? Do I have any recourse? I am really not fighting to get my job back, even though it seems wrong, all I want to do is quit to avoid the "scarlet Letter"
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own California Employment Law Question
Answered in 19 minutes by:
6/8/2012
LawTalk
LawTalk, Attorney
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 37,857
Experience: I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.
Verified
Good afternoon,

I'm sorry to hear of the situation.

I see this quite often, the employer thinking that they have the right to get the last word in---and the simple fact is that they do not.

There is absolutely no law which states that the resignation of an employee is only valid upon the acceptance of the employer.

Once you turn in your resignation, that is it---you are resigned! Under CA law, when you resign, your employer is obligated to pay your last paycheck, based on the hours that you worked in the last pay period and that is that. They can try and argue that you are fired---but it is not possible to fire someone who is not an employee---which is your status as soon as you resigned.

You have no legal obligation to attend any so called final processing meeting either.

Under CA law, when an employee resigns, they must be paid all unpaid, earned wages within 72 hours (3 days) of the resignation---California Labor Code §202. If, you give more than 72 hours in advance, the employer must pay all such wages on the day of resignation. This payment must include wages for days worked up to and including the last day of work, plus payment for any accrued, unused vacation time.

It is not necessary that your supervisor "accept your resignation". You would be wise to put it in writing that effective immediately you resign. Keep a copy for your self and just place the notice on your boss's desk or leave it with someone in charge---and then just walk out.

Be sure to leave an address where you want your final paycheck sent and that is that.

I hope that you found my answer informative, that you are accepting of my efforts and that you will rate my efforts based on the knowledge I have provided to you.

I wish you the best in 2012.

Thank you.

Doug
LawTalk
LawTalk, Attorney
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 37,857
Experience: I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.
Verified
LawTalk and 87 other California Employment Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 5 years ago
Hi LawTalk,

I have a follow up on the same question. I went to the meeting anyway and my boss (and her boss) said without a doubt that they accepted my resignation. One big sob-fest, everyone was sorry it ended this way...blah...blah...blah. BUT...later that week I received a letter from HR (with my boss' name on it) stating that I was terminated for conduct. I emailed my boss and she said it was a mix-up in the "system" and reassured me that as far as she and her boss were concerned...I resigned and she would even give me a glowing recommendation if I needed it. Not that I don't believe her...but...I really don't want this termination in the system either. Should I contact HR and ask for a letter stating so...or what do you suggest?
Good afternoon,

You might consider asking for the letter of recommendation right now. It needn't be drafted each time you need one, but only once. Now that you are gone, the time is right, and a year from now, the people who are there now and recall the agreement---may be gone.

I wish you well.

You may reply back to me using the Continue the Conversation link if you have additional questions; and if you do, I ask that you please keep in mind that I do not know what you may already know or with what you need help, unless you tell me.

Please recognize that the rating system only gives me credit for working with you when you click one of the 3 stars/faces on the right (positive rating). Also, kindly rate me based solely on my assistance to you in understanding the law, and not based on whether my answer is what you were hoping to hear. I have no control over the how the law impacts your particular situation, and I trust that you can understand how it would be unfair for me to be punished by a (negative rating) ----the first 2 stars/faces----for having been honest with you about the law.

I wish you the best in 2012,

Doug
LawTalk
LawTalk, Attorney
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 37,857
Experience: I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.
Verified
LawTalk and 87 other California Employment Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask LawTalk Your Own Question
LawTalk
LawTalk
LawTalk, Attorney
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 37,857
37,857 Satisfied Customers
Experience: I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.

LawTalk is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

37,857 satisfied customers

I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.

Tina

Tina

Attorney

923 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years experience & recognized by ABA for excellence in employment law.

Brandon, Esq.

Brandon, Esq.

Lawyer

348 satisfied customers

Has received a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his outstanding legal service.

melissamesq

melissamesq

Attorney

47 satisfied customers

Represent clients to maximum recovery in employment cases.

legalg

legalg

Other

35 satisfied customers

General Practitioner. Research Attorney

Roy Hadavi

Roy Hadavi

11 satisfied customers

Attorney at Law Offices of Rosenstein & Associates

Attorney2020

Attorney2020

Lawyer.

69 satisfied customers

I have significant experience in employment law.

< Previous | Next >

Related California Employment Law Questions
Marsi I worked for local 324 from 1987 to 1995 they say I am
Hi my name is ***** ***** I worked for local 324 from 1987 to 1995 they say I am short seven to 10 hours to become vested I believe I had a total of 9800 hours but all of my papers burned in Sonoma co… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,316 satisfied customers
I have been called to an investigation meeting with my
I have been called to an investigation meeting with my employer based on a complaint that another employee said i have been rude and condescending for 2 years. The interrogation is on Tuesday. I would… read more
Asad Rahman
Asad Rahman
Attorney
J.D.
2,283 satisfied customers
I was out on pregnancy disability from april 1, 2017- August
I was out on pregnancy disability from april 1, 2017- August 1, 2017, then took 6 weeks of cfra from August 1 to September 12th. … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I suffered a workers comp injury back in 2013 and have
I suffered a workers comp injury back in 2013 and have lifetime medical for psych and my right shoulder here in CA. My case was recently reopened, and I would like to request a service dog again for m… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I am looking for an attorney with experience in workers
Hello, I am looking for an attorney with experience in workers compensation … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I am looking for help regarding my job, which is
I am looking for help regarding my job, which is headquartered in California, but I am located in MI … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
A company offered a PR position to service their LA and NY
A company offered a PR position to service their LA and NY agencies. The employed mentioned that this position would also be helping their TBD/soon to be launched company. Upon confirming employment, … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have a small California based consulting business. So far,
I have a small California based consulting business. So far, it has been me with no employees on payroll. My first full time employee comes on board next week. I want to make sure I am in compliance w… read more
Asad Rahman
Asad Rahman
Attorney
J.D.
2,283 satisfied customers
I have a Salary employee who did not give her two weeks
Hello-I have a Salary employee who did not give her two weeks notice. Question: Do we have to pay out her accrued PTO and Sick time?… read more
legalg
legalg
Other
Juris Doctorate
35 satisfied customers
My employer owes me 6.5 years back pay for "special
My employer owes me 6.5 years back pay for "special incentive compensation" because I hold state license registration that qualifies me for this union contract extra pay provision, however employer is… read more
legalg
legalg
Other
Juris Doctorate
35 satisfied customers
What does this statement mean? For the reasons provided
What does this statement mean? For the reasons provided below, we have determined that you cannot perform the essential functions of a Document Verification position.… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
In California ... iWork 8 to 3. I usually get my 30 between
In California ... iWork 8 to 3. I usually get my 30 between 8 and 11 maybe 11:30 then a 10 around 1 to 2 am I entitled to more breaks. … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I have a question about california state disability
Hello, I have a question about california state disability eligibility … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,307 satisfied customers
I manage a small business in California. I sent home an
I manage a small business in California. I sent home an employee for one week with no pay on a disiplinary suspension for repeated violation of our company policy that employees must work till 5pm unl… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I was falsely accused at work and they suspended me until
I was falsely accused at work and they suspended me until they investigate. My issue is she has made racial epithets towards me and sexual remarks but being a guy I didn't go to H.R. I thought was coo… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I was wondering if a supervisor texts you a warning through
I was wondering if a supervisor texts you a warning through about a final warning should it be seen as a threat … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
My boss states tehre has been performance problems for 6
My boss states tehre has been performance problems for 6 months and wants to put me on performance improvement plan. If they do that is it legal ? If my illness caused my performance issues and i come… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I work for Wal-Mart, they have a policy called 'customer
I work for Wal-Mart, they have a policy called 'customer first' which they say employees are where you want them when you want them. However, if an employee does not have 'open availability' (availabl… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x