Employees often don’t think about suing until after they have quit their jobs and moved on. Then they claim they had no choice but to quit because working conditions were so dreadful.
Beat such allegations by keeping resignation letters and any notes taken during exit interviews. They help prove the resignation was voluntary.
Recent case: Kim Mohan worked for Target and complained that her supervisor was sexually harassing her. She got a requested transfer, even though the company didn’t find any basis for her complaint.
Months later, she tendered her resignation. She told she had enjoyed her time at the new store, but had received a better offer. Then Mohan sued, alleging she had had no choice but to quit.
The court didn’t buy it, given her resignation letter and what she told management. (Mohan v. Target, No. 04-CV-987S, WD NY, 2009)
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