It is normal to give two weeks' notice to an employer before leaving, however many people in Connecticut have a common question regarding this. Is this a law? We will give you an overview about this topic below. But, it's important to remember that any workers in the state of Connecticut who are leaving their jobs should be aware of the procedure they will go through, their rights, and what is expected of them.

We will discuss what to do before quitting your job, and more below. If you're unsure about your individual circumstances, consulting with CT employment law attorney Brandon J. Broderick can help tremendously. We can provide the guidance and legal assistance you need.

What is a Two Weeks' Notice for your Job?

It's probably exactly what you think it is. Giving a two weeks' notice is when a worker gives their employer a two-week notice period before quitting. Giving two weeks' notice to an employer offers the business time to locate a successor before the employee leaves. When two weeks' notice is given, people typically accept a job offer and inform their employer that they are quitting.

Most workplaces usually expect a two-week notice period, and it is a normal courtesy to inform your manager of your choice to leave a company. Even if it makes you feel uncomfortable, we advise doing this face-to-face. You do not have to explain your decision to your employer. How thoroughly you want to explain your decision is entirely up to you.

Connecticut is At Will Employment State

Connecticut adheres to a policy of "employment at will," which means that, provided it is legal, employers are free to fire or terminate an employee at any moment without giving a reason. This is standard in the majority of states in the United States. While this may seem harsh, there are exceptions that may serve to shield you from a wrongful termination. It is nevertheless unlawful to fire a worker for a cause that is illegal in accordance with Connecticut's employment regulations.

At will employment is a two-way street. You have the freedom to leave your job at any time and for any cause, without having to give your employer any notice. Your employer is also entitled to that.

There is no law that requires any employee to provide two weeks' notice before departing, but employers typically expect you to do so. If you do not intend to offer a two-week notice, you should really reconsider. If you value fairness, want to part ways amicably, or think you'll need a recommendation from your employer, it is customary.

Wrongful Termination

According to state laws in Connecticut, an employer cannot fire a worker go or end their employment agreement for the following reasons, otherwise considered illegal:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Free speech
  • Retaliation for a whistleblower claim, discrimination claim, etc.
  • For reasons not specified in your employee contract

Laws are also in place to protect employees from being fired for reporting illegal activities or legal infractions. Workers of state and municipal governments are likewise exempt from being fired for exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and religion as well as other rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.


One benefit that may be covered by both corporate policy and specific contracts is severance pay. While it may protect some of your salary in the event of an unjust termination, this is an exception to the general norm of employment at will.

Similar to this, the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) makes sure that staff members are informed in advance of specific mass layoffs or force reductions so they are not caught off guard.

Contact Brandon J. Broderick If You've Been Wrongfully Terminated

If you're unsure of what to do following what you believe was a wrongful termination in Connecticut, speak with a lawyer who focuses on employment law in the state. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to compensation.

Allow us at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law to help you with your case. We will make every effort to ensure that an employee is compensated following a wrongful termination.

Contact us today to discuss the details of your case.

Posted by: Brandon J. Bro…
Date: Thu, 03/16/2023 - 15:05

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