Workplace discrimination can significantly impact your mental well-being, leading to stress, anxiety and even depression. It can also affect your confidence, self-esteem and productivity.
Understandably, quitting the toxic work environment and looking for a new job elsewhere can be tempting. However, resigning is not always the best response to workplace discrimination. Here is why:
It can hurt your chances of getting justice
The law protects you from any form of workplace discrimination, and you may be entitled to compensation for the harm or losses you suffered at the hands of a discriminatory employer. However, quitting your job can make it hard to recover damages.
For starters, you may lose access to crucial evidence such as your work email, phone records and even testimony from colleagues who may hesitate to associate with an ‘outsider.’ It’s easier to gather supporting evidence of workplace discrimination when you are working from the inside.
It can derail your career
You have worked hard to get where you are, and quitting may set you back several steps. For instance, you are not guaranteed to find a similar or better job if you leave. As a result, you may have to take up a lower-paying job to make ends meet.
You may be ineligible for unemployment benefits
While quitting your job does not necessarily disqualify you from getting unemployment benefits, you may be ineligible if you do so without good cause. Resigning from your job because of unverified claims of discrimination means you are likely to miss out on these benefits.
Workplace discrimination is unacceptable and illegal. Do not let it force you to quit your job or compromise your career goals and well-being. If you are a victim of workplace discrimination, stay put and be prepared to defend your rights. Seeking legal guidance on the steps to take in building a case against your employer can help protect your interests and increase your chances of getting justice.