Quitting Employee Exposing Employer's 'Weird Mind Games' Backed by Internet

Members of a popular internet forum offered stern advice to one poster who detailed their employer's response to receiving their two weeks notice.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/throwitallaway_245 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) explained that they have been subject to multiple meetings, and a substantially increased workload since giving their notice earlier this week.

Titled, "Gave my two [weeks] notice and they are being awful...," the viral post has received nearly 8,300 votes and 98 percent upvotes in the last day.

"I gave my two weeks notice a few days ago," the Redditor began. "Since then I've been called into 5 separate meetings."

"Nothing to do with my resignation or transfer of my duties to other parties," they continued. "It's strictly been weird mind games and them trying to get me to take on more work."

Writing that they will be starting a new job immediately following their last two weeks, the original poster explained that they had hoped for a painless transition between employers, but were severely disappointed.

"I didn't give myself anytime between the two jobs so I was hoping for a relaxing end to this job so I could be ready for the next," u/throwitallaway_245 wrote.

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Commenters on a viral Reddit post defended one employee who said they have been treated poorly by their employer since turning in their two weeks notice. fizkes/iStock / Getty Images Plus

"I'm starting to think they are going to make that impossible," they added, speculating about their current employer's intentions.

Although providing an employer with at least two weeks of notice before quitting has long been customary, there are no federal or state laws that require employees to provide any notice at all.

However, most states have adopted forms of the at-will doctrine, according to Chron. The at-will doctrine, which gives employers the right to terminate an employee without cause or reason (there are exceptions to the at-will doctrine, including race, gender and age), also allows employees to leave their jobs at any time.

Despite a lack of federal or state laws dictating mandatory notice periods, many employers feature policies that do require employees to give advance notice of resignation.

Although employers are largely unable to prevent employees from quitting without giving notice, Chron reports that these types of policies allow companies to penalize quitting employees by refusing to pay accrued vacation time, and withholding other benefits that have accrued during the employment period.

In their viral Reddit post, u/throwitallaway_245 explained that their employer used a different strategy to penalize them, despite following protocols and giving their two weeks notice, prompting them to ask r/antiwork's 1.8 million members if they should sever ties now, instead of waiting it out.

"The company does not give references anyways so should I just drop off my stuff and tell them it's over," the original poster questioned.

Responding to the viral post, many Redditors encouraged u/throwitallaway_245 to leave immediately, while others said they should work their last two weeks, but only under specific conditions.

"I would set firm boundaries and say 'I'm unavailable to take on additional tasks due to the needs of my transition period and will continue with the duties I've been completing throughout my employment here'," Redditor u/TroTex15 wrote in the post's top comment, which has received more than 10,000 votes.

"They don't get to know more than that," u/TroTex15 added.

"You could just not do the extra work and leave at your normal times," another commenter suggested.

Redditor u/0tter99, whose response has received more than 1,000 views, assured the original poster that there is no point in sticking around if they cannot receive a reference for future employment.

"If you can't get a reference then just stop showing up," they wrote. "You already quit."

"If you're okay burning that bridge, I'd say turn in your sh*t and go," another Redditor added.

In a separate comment, Redditor u/iron_knuckl was adamant that a two weeks notice is not legally required, and asked the original poster about worst consequences they would face if they simply stopped working.

"Absolutely don't feel like you have to do anything for those two weeks," they commented.

"What are they going to do? Fire you?" they questioned, sarcastically.

Newsweek reached out to throwitallaway_245 for comment.