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Can I quit if I have been told I will be laid off in two months?


I started a new job 4 months ago. I then go a call to interview for a better job that I had applied to prior to accepting this new job. Since I hadn't earned any vacation or personal time yet, I asked to take unpaid time off and go on the interview. I was up front and honest. My boss said sure and wished me luck. When I got back he pulled me in the office and told me I was being let go in two months.

Do I have to work the two months? I just want out. This is obviously not a good fit for me.


Yes, I think you have to work those two months if you're worried about collecting unemployment.

It would be a quit in "anticipation of a layoff".

On the other hand, I'm trying to figure out why two months .. I have a suspicious mind which says two months is plenty of time to try to create a scenario which might result in a discharge for misconduct. I would try to get something formal and written from the employer with the date .. just so you can prove the boss actually told you this ..

I know .. I sound paranoid .. but I'd rather collect unemployment because I was paranoid than be penniless because I wasn't.

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May 05, 2010
by: Anonymous

Two months from now is the end of the school year. I'm a teacher.
I have written notice already. It's just an uncomfortable situation on a daily basis.
Thanks for the reply.

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