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3 ways employers “quiet-fire”

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2022 | Constructive Discharge

Quiet-firing is a hot new term spreading on the internet. Quiet-firing happens when an employee makes your job harder in order to encourage you to leave. They may do this to avoid paying unemployment or as a form of discrimination.

Employees have rights that protect them from workplace retaliation and wrongful termination. There are several ways to tell if an employer is looking for you to quit, including these:

1. Your work tasks have altered

Have you suddenly gotten way more work than you can handle or so little work that you don’t even consider yourself working? Too much work could be causing you burn-out, while too little work may make you question your purpose. This may be because your employer is pushing your limits as a way to make you quit. 

2. You were passed up for a promotion

Were you recently in line for a promotion and find that it suddenly no longer exists or was given to someone else? Maybe you were supposed to have a work or education opportunity that suddenly vanished. This could cause you to be suspicious as to why these changes occurred.

3. Your job title has changed

Were you recently transferred to a new position without a clear explanation? Reassignment happens all the time and should often reflect employee skills. Maybe your new position has you doing work you’re not qualified for or work that’s below your skill. This could be a sign that your employer is quiet-firing you.

If you believe you’re suddenly in the crosshairs of an unruly employer and are being subjected to workplace retaliation and constructive discharge, then you may need to reach out for legal help to build your case.