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Should you quit your job over discrimination?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2022 | Discrimination

You haven’t been discriminated against in the sense that you didn’t get the job, and you are employed. But you’ve noticed other types of discrimination in the workplace, such as the fact that you are paid less than your co-workers, you have less favorable hours or you have to do the tasks that no one else wants.

Eventually, you get tired of being treated like you are a second-class citizen at your own job. Should you just quit?

You may want to take some key steps first

You absolutely can quit if you want, and that doesn’t even mean that you can’t then sue the company for discrimination. You may still have a lawsuit even if you left the position, and it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to subject yourself to that type of treatment any longer.

That said, it can help you in some ways if you stay in your job and report the discrimination to HR. In some cases, the company will take steps to fix it. Even if they don’t, this gives you a paper trail of reports and email exchanges to back up your allegations. If you then do decide to quit, or if they terminate you after you file the complaint, it makes it easier for you to show that you really were being discriminated against or that your rights were violated. If you simply turn in your two-weeks notice and never come back, you can still sue, but you don’t have the same level of evidence to show what occurred.

You need to think carefully about what will be best for you, and it’s important to consider all of the legal options at your disposal.