If you’re dealing with harassment or discrimination at work, you may be considering quitting. Maybe your boss keeps making sexual advances that make you feel uncomfortable. Maybe a supervisor discriminates against people of your race or gender, so you don’t feel you’re being treated fairly at work. These are just a few examples, but issues of harassment and discrimination take many forms.
No matter what it looks like, though, you may wonder if quitting your job is wise. Should you leave, or is that going to have a negative impact on your situation?
You likely can’t get unemployment
Some people quit because they’re worried that filing a report would just get them fired. If they report their boss for making sexual advances, their boss will just terminate their position and hire someone else.
But if you quit, you often can’t get unemployment. So it is important to consider this. If you make the report and get fired, you may have easier access to these financial benefits. It is often better to make the company fire you, rather than being pressured into quitting.
You can still start a lawsuit
That being said, you may be considering a lawsuit for this harassment or discrimination. Even if you quit, you can start such a lawsuit. You don’t have to, certainly. You can also sue while you are still employed. But don’t assume that you lose the ability to start the lawsuit just because you quit your job.
As you can see, this is a nuanced and often complex situation. Take the time to carefully consider all of your actions and to look into the legal options at your disposal.