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More reason to stop harassment: Even ‘resignees’ can sue

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

Issue: Whether employees who resign have the same right to file harassment lawsuits as those who are fired.

Risk/benefit: A new Supreme Court ruling says "Yes," quitters can sue. But the ruling also gives your organization a way to defend itself.

Advice: Investigate any harassment complaint, even those by employees who resign.

Ever heard the saying "Quitters never win and winners never quit?" Well, the Supreme Court just said that's not necessarily true. And that means your organizations needs to pay even more attention to its anti-harassment efforts.

The high court ruled that employees who suffer a "constructive discharge", meaning they felt forced to quit because their working conditions became intolerable, have the same right to sue for harassment as people who are fired. (Still, the ruling presents a mixed bag because, as you'll see, it does provide a way for employers to defend themselves.)

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