Quantmeh is right, firing someone who is quitting is not just an asshole response, it is stupidly self destructive.If you quit your job, then the set of legal issues between you and your ex-employer are quite different.For instance, many countries have laws about wrongful dismissal, you don't get 'wrongful resgination', so by firing you, they potentially allow you to sue them for firing you wrongfullyIf you are fortunate enough to be black, female, moslem, jewish, russian, gay (or even all of those) then being fired for no good reason potentially gives you a good case, especially since they would have to demonstrate why they fired you in a way that was in no way discriminatory. Ever wonder why my firm has a relationship with some reassuringly expensive lawyers ? How do you think they pay for their BMWs. Last time I visited the RELs their shiny new office looked down on the Goldman's offices and the quality of wine I was fed was superior to the last wine I got from GS. Someone is paying for this, and it ain't me, it's assholes.There's some crap about accrued bonus as well, that's technically tricky stuff, but if they manage to fire you in the wrong way, instead of you walking away from your bonus, you may have a claim for the bonus built up for the part of the year you've worked.Also how you exit affects your obligations towards you ex-employer, that's vastly more complex than a) I understand, b) I can put in a few lines, but the short version is that firing someone is more likely to make the employer's position weaker.Thus it should shock no one here that some firms try moderately hard to encourage some staff to resign, since it can be less painful, nor is it unintuitive that lawyers of my acquaintance have been engaged merely to carry out the act of firing a particular individual, just so it is done with the greatest possible care and skill.Also, no rational person in any bank anywhere wants to be dragged down through the bottomless pool of shit that is a contentious / discriminatory employment case.It will suck your your time, and it's rare that anyone ever walks away clean, can you imagine what it does to your reputation in the bank that you've been accused in court of racism or sexual misconduct, even if you win ?Thus if you're a manager reading this (or want to be one when you grow up) you call HR right now if you're getting rid of someone. In most cases they're pretty good at this stuff, and even when they are not, your position within the firm gains protection from being seen to follow process. The have both training and the phone number of the right sort of lawyer. Imagine how good your HR person is at dynamic hedging, that is how good you are at HR.On top of all that crap, a graceful exit with handover is better for everyone, than a hole randomly appearing in the work being done.Of course as Quantmeh shows so elegantly, just because they would have to be both dumb and an asshole doesn't mean it can't happen.