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Quiet Quitting May Lead to Quiet Firing, But is It Legal?

No longer are nights where employees stay late to get ahead the next day or work on the weekends to put in the extra effort. Instead, many employees are opting for “quiet quitting.” This means that employees are still employed at their job but refuse to do any extra work or effort. For many employees, this feeling of “taking back” their time is partially brought on by the pandemic and those wishing to have a better work/life balance.

While quiet quitting may not go against an employer’s rules, those participating may find themselves as part of another newly coined term — quiet firing.

What is Quiet Firing?

Quiet firing is an employer justifying their reasoning to fire an employee due to that employee’s work performance or an employee feeling like they have no other choice but to actually quit their job. Neither option is ideal, but it showcases that employers are taking notice of the new quiet quitting trend.

Quiet Firing Statistics

According to ResumeBuilder.com, managers are taking action against quiet quitters. In its report, the website found that:

  • 98% of managers expect their employees to do more than the bare minimum;
  • 91% of managers have taken action against “quiet quitters,” such as denying promotions or terminating employees; and,
  • 75% of managers said it’s justifiable to terminate an employee for only doing the bare minimum.

Signs of Quiet Firing

If an employee believes they may soon be terminated, there are key signs they could look out for:

  • Setting up important meetings with their supervisor only for the supervisor to consistently reschedule or cancel;
  • Co-workers getting assigned tasks and responsibilities that an employee would typically take on or would like to take on;
  • An employee being put on a performance improvement plan; and,
  • An employee’s workload changes without any due notice.

Is Quiet Firing Illegal?

Firing is not pleasant but not illegal if done the right way. The same goes with quiet firing — if an employer has just cause to terminate an employee, then there are no legal ramifications.

What is illegal is an employee being let go for unjust reasons. This includes being retaliated against for making complaints of discrimination or harassment. No matter the other circumstances that may be surrounding the situation, it is illegal if an employee is let go because of the reasons listed above.

If you were wrongfully terminated, you need an experienced employment lawyer to work your case. The team at Kennard Law, P.C. has the knowledge needed to look past false claims from your previous employer and ensure your work record is intact. Let us start working for you by contacting our dedicated attorneys online or by phone. (855) 499-4514

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