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What if my employer forces me to leave my job?
Clear language definitions to common legal terms.
Sometimes being forced out of a job is the same as being fired. The law calls this constructive dismissal.
Constructive dismissal happens when your employer does something that:
- changes things at work for you in a major way,
- is not something you should have expected, and
- you don’t agree to or accept it.
Changes that won't be constructive dismissal
Employers can make a lot of changes that are not constructive dismissal. Some changes are not significant enough. For example, your employer might have the right to ask you to work at a different location in the same city.
Some changes might be about things you already agreed could change. For example, your employer might have told you before you were hired that they might change your work schedule.
The law about what is and what isn't constructive dismissal is very complicated. A lot depends on the details of your situation. It's important to get legal advice.
Changes that might be constructive dismissal
Here are some examples of things that might be serious enough that it would be like getting fired:
- Your employer lowers your wages by a lot or refuses to pay you what they owe you.
- Your employer takes away core responsibilities and lowers your position. For example, you are no longer a supervisor and are doing the work you used to supervise others to do.
- Your employer abuses you, harasses you, or discriminates against you in a way that goes against your human rights.
The law about what is and what isn't constructive dismissal is very complicated. A lot depends on the details of your situation. It's important to get legal advice right away.