Do you have recourse if your employer forced you to quit?

| Dec 15, 2019 | Firm News |

In a climate where terms such as “sexual harassment” and “religious discrimination” are unfortunately common, these concepts may overshadow others that are not often discussed, like forced resignations. While discrimination and harassment are serious matters that can affect you and other Michigan residents, you should also know about forced resignation and workplace retaliation. 

It can be difficult to pinpoint the reasons surrounding a forced resignation, especially if you previously enjoyed your job and felt valued and respected. Your current treatment by your superiors and co-workers may have changed seemingly overnight, or it could have been a gradual shift. For whatever reason, you may find yourself feeling micromanaged, belittled and bullied. Your manager may be friendly to your co-workers but treat you with contempt. You may dread coming into work because you are lectured, criticized or even shouted at. You may fear losing your job, yet the behavior being directed at you comes just short of termination, leading you to wonder why they do not get it over with and fire you. 

ABC News explains that this kind of treatment is called constructive termination – when employers create a hostile work environment for someone they want to get rid of, without firing them. Why does it happen? It can be more costly and time-consuming to terminate an employee, rather than the employee taking the initiative and quitting. 

Enduring a forced resignation can be emotionally devastating, and it may qualify as workplace retaliation or harassment. Since intentional adverse work conditions can be complex, this information should not replace the advice of a lawyer.