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Workplace retaliation: Why you shouldn’t quit (right now)

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2022 | Workplace Harassment |

Your employer might be making your life at work pretty rough in retaliation for engaging in protected activity like whistleblowing or filing for employee benefits. They might alter your work conditions, such as your work locations or shifts, slash your wages and benefits without a valid reason, or even demote you to a less favorable position.

If you are thinking of handing in your resignation letter and looking for another job, it may not be the best way of handling your troubles. Michigan laws protect you against any form of employer retaliation and discrimination at the workplace. Here is why you should stay put and safeguard your legal rights as a victim.

Quitting could hurt your claim

Once you quit your job, it may be hard to prove your employer’s actions. For instance, since your workmates no longer identify with you as a colleague, they may be hesitant to provide witness testimony which can be crucial in backing up your claims. In addition, staying on the job will help you collect key evidence that will go a long way in your case.

You may miss out on unemployment benefits

Voluntarily quitting your job without good cause may hurt your chances of getting unemployment benefits. Therefore, if you resign on unverified claims, you will likely be on your own, financially. 

You may have a valid case against your employer

Understandably, the pressure to walk away can be too much to resist. However, quitting your job is something you should only do after you have experienced legal guidance.  If you are not sure of all your legal options, it is best to consult further on the best way forward before throwing in the towel.


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