Before You Quit Your Job | What to Do to Preserve Your Legal Rights

Are you thinking about quitting your job? Maybe you’ve worked there 5 years, 5 months, or 5 days. It doesn’t really matter. Before you make the decision to quit your job you have to understand that, in many respects, you’re making a legal decision. A legal decision that could affect whether or not you’ll be able to recover if your rights have been violated. If you’re watching this video and you’re at our website, it means that you probably have some concerns about working for your employer. And if you’re thinking about quitting your job, it means that things have gotten so bad that you really can’t stand another day working for your employer.

But here’s the thing. You can’t just quit so quick. If you do you may be sorry that you acted without thinking. So, when is the right time to quit? Well, if you think that you may have an action against your employer, a legal action, it’s the right time to quit when the conditions in the workplace have become so intolerable that a reasonable person would think that you had no choice but to resign.

How do you know it’s gotten so bad at work that a reasonable person, not you, but a reasonable person in your shoes, would think that you made the right decision?

Before you quit, there are some things you really must do first before you quit.

Report What is Causing You to Quit

You need to make sure that you report whatever it is that is causing you to quit. You need to put your report, preferably in writing. A lot of times people can say things, they think they’ve reported, they think they’ve communicated; but in a court of law when I have to stand up in front of the jury and say “take my clients word for it they really told the employer about these problems;” that’s not the best place to be. The best place to be is having an email to the supervisor or manager where the employee has specifically reported the conditions that are causing them to quit.

Get Some Advice Before You Quit Your Job!

The next important thing you need to do is get some advice. You need a reasonable person to stand in your shoes. In order find a reasonable person you need not look much further than your own personal life. Talk to your friends, talk to your parents, talk to your children, talk to your doctor, talk to you therapist. Get their advice. Find out if any of them think you should quit your job.
If you are truly in intolerable conditions and your story is such that you should quit, your friends, your family, your doctor, they should all be supporting you and telling you the advice that, yes, if they were you they would quit. Because ultimately your lawyer, a guy like me or a woman like me, is got to stand up in front of a jury and tell the story that has that jury saying “if that happened to me, I would quit.”

Think it Through

You’ve got to think this through. Don’t just quit just because something upsetting happened to you that day. There’s no straw that broke the camel’s back; there’s no requirement that you quit all at once. Okay, if at it first, you’re thinking that you may want to quit your job, start by first taking some administrative time off. You’re entitled to sick days, vacation days, other places employment may have compensatory time off, sabbatical, and other leave programs that allow you to exit the workplace but keep you’re employed status. While you’re employed you have a better opportunity to get a new job. So, don’t just quit and shoot from hip. Have a plan, execute the plan.

And by all means, even though it’s not written here, you’re at our website; you should be thinking about contacting an attorney and finding about finding out about your rights. By contacting an attorney and speaking about what’s happening to you at work you can get a clearer picture about whether or not it’s time to quit or stick. Visit our BLG homepage for more information.


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