Can I fire a US employee without notice?

Yes, a US employer can fire one of its workers without notice if they want to. However, a US employer cannot fire an employee if terminating a role would constitute a violation of a protected class.

If you’re a business owner and will be operating in the US, it is possible to fire US workers without notice.
That’s because (unlike in the UK) most US employees work ‘at will’. This means that rather than performing their role under an employment contract, US workers are free to resign without notice. Equally, US employers can terminate a role without notice.

However, there are some exceptions to this doctrine. US employers are not permitted to fire a US worker (whether with or without notice) for the following reasons:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion or creed
  • Sexual orientation
  • National origin or ancestry
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Veteran status

If you’d like to know more about this subject, read our blog post on about the rules regarding firing employees in America.

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