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Ask L2: I'm leaving without a two-week notice. Am I justified?

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

"Am I justified in leaving without notice the second my toxic boss told me to work over 9 hours in one day because she wouldn’t be flexible . . .?"


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Am I justified in leaving without two weeks notice given when they told me my salary would be one number but ended up being another (almost 25k less) because they “made a mistake offering the higher one to me”?


Am I justified in leaving without notice the second my toxic boss told me to work over nine hours in one day because she wouldn’t be flexible and move a 1:1 that was originally Friday to the same day, without zero notice and telling me “You’re salary, so it’s fine”?


Thank you for creating a comfortable environment to discuss.

 

Here’s the thing that we don’t talk about. You are rarely, if ever, required to give two weeks notice. Your employer would appreciate it. Sometimes they put it on documents stating that that’s the standard time they accept for notice. Some jobs request longer. But no one can make you report to work for that time period. It’s not a law. It’s a courtesy.


If you don’t want to stick it out those two weeks because toxic people don’t deserve two more weeks of your life even if they’re paying you for it, then don’t. If your mental health will be better served by saying “byeee” and moving on to whatever is next, then I support you in that decision. Internally, it might be considered a termination for job abandonment because their rules say you have to give two weeks, but most likely, that’s just going to put you on no re-hire status.


Let’s be honest, did you want to be re-hired anyway? We make a big deal out of clean, well executed breaks from companies because it’s the “professional” thing to do, but abusing you wasn’t professional and they were allowed to do that so…. do you.


You’re not breaking the law. You might make Emily Post a little upset. I think we can deal with that.



L2



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So, my own 2 cents ((because I'm in a similar situation), is that this is more about ourselves and less about them. Just because ppl will often do things to try and devalue our worth, the reality is that nobody gets the key to that door unless we give it to them. So, there's that. Does this company/boss deserve to have you walk out on them? It sounds like it. BUT, the larger question is to examine the real "why" that you want to do that. If the sole reason is to have a way to express your resentment, anger, and hurt feelings toward your boss, then I dare say that will make you no better than her. I sa…

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Marge McGee
Marge McGee
2023년 2월 05일

I agree. no one should tolerate an abusive situation. I also think we’ve all had the urge to react to a horrible work situation but I would suggest taking a breath before reacting when you are upset/angry. Make sure you are not causing yourself additional issues. For example: does policy say you won’t get paid for your 3-weeks of PTO without notice? Would completing that project set you up for your ideal next job? Would you be alienating cherished colleagues who would otherwise be your champions? How are your finances? Can you afford to be out of work (if you quit you likely will not qualify for unemployment)? This is not about following any set of “rules” but determining …

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