Can I refuse to be sold to a franchise?

I work for a corporate store that is being sold to a franchise. Can I refuse to be sold as part of the deal and continue working for the corporation? Is the corporation essentially firing me?

1 answer  |  asked Jan 13, 2017 3:00 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

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Scott Leah
While I have not seen any the documents related to this transaction, so I don't know exactly what your situation is, I can tell you that typically where one business is being sold to another business, the seller employer terminates your employment on the date of the closing of the sale of the business, and the buyer employer immediately hires you the same day.

However, yes, you may refuse any offer of employment made by the buyer employer and look for employment elsewhere. They cannot force you to remain employment by the new owner unless you want to.

But, keep in mind that you may not get unemployment in that situation. While the seller employer did terminate your employment, and not for any misconduct on your part, the fact is that you will have turned down suitable employment, most likely on very similar if not the same terms, and the UC office may find that you are ineligible for unemployment. If you decide to turn down the offer of new employment, you may want to consult with an attorney regarding your rights to receive unemployment compensation.

posted by Scott Leah  |  Jan 16, 2017 07:12 AM [EST]

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