In the state of Massachusetts, can I be fired after giving my notice?

Additional Information:

I have been at my job here in Worcester for 4 years and am moving to Florida in a few months to work for a competitor company.  I’d like to give a substantial notice so they can hire someone else and I can help get the new person trained but I’m afraid they will fire me and then I’ll be without a job until I move. Is it legal for them to fire me after I give notice?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

Unless you have an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement that would establish your right to continue your employment during the notice period, the employer may terminate your employment after you give your notice, if it wishes.  This is an employment-at-will state, which means that either party to the employment relationship may end it at any time for any reason that is not illegal.

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