Thursday, October 30, 2008

Resigning Under Duress

If your issues at work are bad enough that you feel compelled to resign your position, don’t fear burning bridges as you compose your resignation letter. After all, this is clearly a company where you would never want to work again. And, while it is a small world that we live in, you shouldn’t be afraid of stating the truth for fear that your words will follow you to your next job.

Anything you submit to your Human Resources department is supposed to be treated as confidential. Your resignation letter is not for outside consumption. It should not be given to nor discussed with any potential employers—-under any circumstances.

If your company does attempt to give you intentional and negative employment references, as a way to continue to retaliate against you, this amounts to “blacklisting.” And, this practice will expose your employer to potential legal jeopardy. Having worked in Human Resources, I know that many employers do not like to provide any information to other employers, other than salary, title, and date of hire and termination. This is because employers have been successfully sued in the past (or had to spend a lot of money hiring attorneys to fight lawsuits) for maligning previous employees to potential employers.

So, when you are composing your resignation letter, think of how you can briefly state your real reasons for leaving the company. Briefly address that you were being harassed, that you were the victim of an offensive work environment, etc. in your resignation letter. Otherwise, your employers may use a copy of a your resignation letter against you (in court or with an investigator) and they may claim that you did not raise any issues with them during your employment. If you made internal complaints, then make sure that you document this in your resignation letter. Just briefly state the facts, along with the fact that nothing was done or that the solution offered by the company was ineffective or retaliatory.

When you are leaving your company under terrible circumstances, you may believe that you are going to leave the horrors behind you…that you will just walk away and forget the whole thing. But, you may change your mind about pursuing alternative methods for resolving illegal activity by your employer. Think about that, as you prepare your resignation letter. As you write it, try to be unemotional, professional, and to the point! You are simply documenting facts.


Blogger Toni said...

As an educated African American female; I am most disenchanted by other people of color who collude with racists.

I am a victim of sexism and racism. I have been called a nigger, and harassed because I filed a grievance. The director of our firm is a Black woman who is as unprofessional as she is racist. She has aligned herself with the majority white crowd, accepts their favors for favor and intimidates her Black employees.

The worst part is the two white males she protects do not respect her and criticize behind her back. This is a sick dysfunctional environment.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the club. African American will turn on fellow employees quicker and with more venom then their white counterparts. I'm very, very cautious about working under the supervision of or with other African American because I have seen them do each other dirty, time and time again!

1:33 PM  

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