Employees who have been treated unfairly often dream of a time when they can say what they really mean to their bosses. A recent op-ed from a former Goldman Sachs employee showed how satisfying it can be, but also raised questions for many about the risks involved. Quitting in a dramatic way may affect your ability to assert your rights later on or preclude your opportunity to resolve the dispute amicably and keep your job.
If you're considering quitting your job because of a conflict such as workplace harassment, discrimination or other unfair treatment, contact an attorney for advice on how to proceed. It's important to carefully consider your options before making a decision.
The employee who quit Goldman Sachs said that although he had once loved the company, the culture there was now toxic. For many employees who have been at the same company for a long time, this may sound familiar. Culture can change as your job duties change and you work with different people within the same company. Still, everyone is entitled to fair treatment in the workplace and should not have to tolerate behavior that is prohibited by law. Employment law attorneys say that quitting with flare may not be the best way to resolve these differences.
Quitting your job in a public or dramatic way may preclude your ability to work at a similar employer or in a similar field in the future. Some employees may believe that there is a better opportunity out there for them, and may discover after quitting that they may have been better off trying to resolve the dispute. The Tonight Show has had several famous dramatic exists, including the recent on-air battle with Conan O'Brien. Viewers saw that the resolution was not easy for either party after Mr. O'Brien openly aired his grievances with the network.
Source: New York Times, "Making Sure Your Exit Music is Loud and Clear," Catherine Rampell, March 17, 2012.