How to Write a Letter of Resignation for a Hostile Work Environment
A hostile environment can turn a wonderful job into a true nightmare.
Under the law, a hostile work environment is much more than an unpleasant atmosphere at work. As defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a hostile work environment is a form of severe and pervasive unwelcome conduct (harassment) that is based on a protected characteristic. Some but not all examples of protected characteristics include race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status.
If you work in an unlawful hostile work environment, you may have a legal claim against your employer. Additionally, you may also be able to resign from your position. If you plan to resign, it is imperative that you submit your resignation in the proper way. By doing so, you will be able to effectively preserve and protect your legal rights and claims.
Here, our Connecticut employment law attorneys explain how to write a letter of resignation for a hostile work environment.
Four Tips for Preparing to Write and Writing a Letter of Resignation Due to a Hostile Work Environment
1. Prepare Yourself: Secure as Much Documentation as You Can
From the moment that you recognize the hostile work environment, you should document what is happening to you. Similar to other legal claims, documentation is one key to a successful result. Of course, documenting a hostile work environment can be deeply challenging. Often, the hostility is subtle and difficult to pin down. Given that, be sure to take comprehensive notes of all incidents. Preserve any writings or email that demonstrate hostility.
2. Be Sure to Include the Key Elements of a Resignation Letter
A hostile work environment resignation letter needs to include several different key elements. Among other things, you should include:
- The date;
- Your name;
- A clear notice that you are resigning;
- The reason why you are resigning;
- A description of the incidents and mistreatment; and
- Your last day at the company.
You should include in your reason for resigning indication of the hostile work environment. If you plan to try to collect unemployment, this letter is crucial.
Also, if your company has any policies about a letter of resignation, you should consult that policy and make sure your letter complies.
3. Keep it Professional: Avoid Charged Language
Resignation letters should always be professional in tone. While you feel frustrated, upset, and hurt for good reason, limit overly charged language. This is not to say that you should avoid explaining what happened or that you should avoid exercising your rights. A professionally written resignation letter is simply one part of the legal process. It is important to get it done the right way. It will be a part of your file and reviewed later by various administrative bodies and/or courts.
4. Get Help From an Experienced Hostile Work Environment Attorney
If you were the victim of a hostile work environment, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a dedicated employment law attorney. Your attorney can help you draft an effective resignation letter. In addition, your employment will be able to investigate your claim, explain your legal options to you, and determine exactly what action you need to take to protect your rights.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Resignation
At Stanger Law, we have extensive experience in employment matters, including representing employees in hostile work environment claims. To get fully confidential legal guidance, please contact our law firm today. With an office in West Hartford, we handle employment law claims throughout the State.