Federal anti-discrimination law makes it clear that an employer cannot fire a worker for blowing the whistle on illegal activities in the workplace. While you know your employer cannot fire you in this situation without inviting legal consequences, it does not mean your employer will not try to force you to resign.
Some workplaces try to get “troublesome” workers to resign to avoid wrongful termination suits or legal action from the federal government. Chron explains how a workplace might go about forcing an employee to quit.
Some workplaces do not try to force a resignation through coercion. Instead, your employer might approach you about resigning while presenting the idea in positive terms. Your employer may argue that it looks good to other employers if you voluntarily left rather than go through a termination.
Even if a workplace tries to make a resignation appear positive, you might still feel that you have done nothing to warrant leaving your workplace. If you want to stay, your workplace may try other tactics to force you to quit your job.
Creating a hostile workplace
An employer might try to make your job so unbearable that you do not want to work there any longer. This may involve denying you promotions that you have the qualifications for, cutting off privileges and perks, changing your work hours to inconvenience you, refusing you a pay hike, or placing you in a less desirable office or work station.
If you suspect your employer is engaging in such tactics to force you out, you may be experiencing illegal workplace retaliation. Even if you do resign, you might still have a case of wrongful termination by claiming a constructive discharge, which holds an employer accountable for you losing your job even though you resigned.