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  • Writer's pictureS. Anne Marie Archer

Quiet Firing. What it is and What to Do if it is happening to you!

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

Hey there, my fellow workplace warriors!

In this blog post I will explain Quiet Firing and what to do if it happens to you and you believe it is rooted in discrimination and/or retaliation.

What is Quiet Firing?

Quiet firing, also known as constructive dismissal, is the sneaky cousin of termination. Instead of showing someone the door, some employers opt for a subtler approach. They make your work life so miserable and unbearable that you're left with no choice but to quit. Why? Because it's a convenient way to avoid unemployment claims, legal trouble, and the bad PR that comes with firing someone outright.

How to know if Quiet Firing is happening to You

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter—how to spot the signs that you might be a target of quiet firing, especially if it's based on discriminatory grounds. Remember, knowledge is power, so here's what to watch out for:

a. **Unreasonable Workload:** Suddenly, your boss piles on an impossible workload, making it clear that they want you to fail. They micromanage your every move, setting you up for failure.

b. **Isolation:** You're excluded from important meetings, email chains, or company events. You're made to feel like you don't belong, and your opinions are disregarded.

c. **Lack of Feedback:** You used to receive constructive feedback, but now it's radio silence. No guidance, no recognition, just apathy.

d. **Change in Responsibilities:** Your job description mysteriously morphs into something you never signed up for. It's like they're intentionally setting you up to struggle.

e. **Harassment or Discrimination:** If you're experiencing harassment or discrimination, such as offensive comments or actions related to your race, gender, religion, or other protected characteristics, it could be a sign of quiet firing on discriminatory grounds.

3. What to Do if You Suspect Discriminatory Quiet Firing:

If you believe you're being quietly fired based on discriminatory grounds, here's a game plan to consider:

a. **Document Everything:** Keep a detailed record of all relevant incidents, including dates, times, locations, and any witnesses. This documentation will be crucial if you need to make a case later. Grab my newly updated AntiHR Documentation Journal

Follow the included tips and explanatory terms that will help you better understand and identify Discrimination in your workplace and how to effectively document it.

b. **Consult HR (with Caution):** Approach HR with your concerns, but remember, they work for the company's best interests. Read my Blog Post about 3 Key Questions to Think Through Before Reporting Discrimination to HR.

c. **Get Professional Advice:** If the situation doesn't improve, consult an a professional like me to determine what your next steps should be. Get Access to the replay of my online course, “How to ask for an exit from a discriminatory hostile workplace with 💰 and actually get it”

that will teach you the strategies that could lead to your employer paying YOU to leave your discriminatory work place. You can grab your access HERE.

d. **Consider Alternative Employment:** While fighting discrimination is essential, it's also crucial to protect your mental and emotional well-being. Start exploring other job opportunities to secure your future.

e. **Stay Strong:** Discrimination is never easy to face, but remember, you're not alone. Seek support from friends, family, a therapist, a coach or an employee assistance programs to help you navigate this challenging time. Protect your mind! Protect your Soul.

Knowledge is your most potent weapon when it comes to dealing with quiet firing, especially if it's rooted in discrimination. Be vigilant, stay resilient, and never let anyone dim your light in the workplace.

You've got this!

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I share strategies, tactics and practical tools and templates you can use to effectively document your workplace and then most importantly effectively communicate your concerns to HR in a manner most likely to result in your securing a negotiated separation with severance.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is important to consult with legal professionals for guidance on specific legal matters.

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