Do you ever feel like your boss is trying to get you to quit your job? There are many reasons that a company owner may do this. One of the most common is motivated by a desire to avoid paying unemployment. They may be trying to convince you to quit so that they don’t have to fire you.
For example, you may feel like you’re suddenly being excluded from meetings that you used to attend or that your boss is micromanaging everything you do. Maybe you feel like communication just stopped and your boss has been avoiding you consistently. Perhaps they change your pay, alter your benefits or even demote you and give you a new job title. It may feel fairly clear to you that they are trying to make the job unattractive so that you will begin looking for something else.
Why is this a problem?
This kind of behavior is potentially a violation of your rights as a worker. For example, perhaps you are a railroad worker and you recently logged a complaint or filed a report about unsafe practices in the workplace. Maybe safety standards are not being adhered to or workers are not being given access to proper personal protection equipment.
In a case like this, your boss may be afraid of a wrongful termination lawsuit. Yet, they know that they can’t fire you for being a whistleblower. They may be attempting to try to get you to quit your job so that they can go back to committing the same violations without someone brave like you looking over their shoulder.
But, any type of retaliation against a whistleblower is illegal. If they cut your hours or give you a demotion, that is still retaliation and a violation of your rights. Your boss may think that they are skirting this law by convincing you to quit, but they are simply breaking another law by violating your rights.
If you are facing a situation like this, it’s very important to understand all of your legal options as you work to protect your career. Never forget that knowledge is power.