It's another work day. If you are unhappy at your job, just the thought of it most likely fills you with dread. Then a quick look at your calendar shows you also have a meeting with your boss today. The level of dread multiplies, and once again, you find yourself thinking about quitting.
Not so fast. Many articles and career help websites will encourage people to leave a job if something has changed and they are no longer passionate about working there. But an employment law attorney will give you much different advice. If you have been the target of retaliation or discrimination at work, quitting your job can seriously hurt your case against the employer.
You May Not Realize You Have A Case
Some employees do not realize the different ways a supervisor could be retaliating against them. It could be as simple as a few words in a performance review or a change in job duties. If you feel fed up and frustrated enough by the situation, it's understandable. But here are a few reasons why you shouldn't quit right now.
- Quitting could hurt your possibility of a claim.
Before you quit, speak with a lawyer who is experienced in employment law. Every individual's circumstance is different. After listening to the facts, he or she will be able to address your particular situation, whether you have a case and how resigning could hurt it.
- Staying could increase your bargaining power.
If your boss is making things terrible for you at work, it may be they are trying to get you to quit. Maybe they don't want to fire you because of worries of a potential lawsuit. This could be used as leverage in negotiating a separation agreement that could include pay and benefits if you agree to resign.
- Resigning may hurt your eligibility for unemployment benefits.
Each state has different laws regarding what is called a "voluntary quit" and the situations where you may be ineligible for unemployment pay.
It is a difficult thing when your job has become almost unbearable. There are probably many days when you feel like telling off your boss and quitting. But sticking it out a little longer and getting the advice of an attorney could pay off in the long run. Think about it fully before you take a step as big as quitting.