Labor lawyer shares how toxic bosses force workers to resign

A labor lawyer went viral on TikTok after revealing how some bosses force employees to quit without violating relationships laws.

The video features viral employment attorney Ryan (@attorneyryan) providing legal advice to his 1.7 million followers. In this clip, he answers a question in the comments: what if your boss made you fail?

He explains how to tackle retaliation against a toxic boss. “If a boss doesn’t have the guts to fire you because they know their cause is illegal, they can use this trick instead,” explains Ryan. “They’re going to want to get you to quit so they can’t say you were wrongfully fired, and they won’t have to pay unemployment.”

Ryan says bosses make an employee’s life “so miserable” that the employee quits. One tactic they use is to add “many responsibilities” and “impossible expectations” to the workload.

One way an employee can handle this situation is to “get a handle on the paper trail early on,” advises Ryan. One way to do this is to email the employer advising that the new responsibility is “impossible”.

Ryan stresses drawing attention to the new responsibilities when they are followed by an employee requesting housing or when they file a complaint. He concludes the video by stating that this is a “risk situation” and “nothing will stop your employer from breaking the law,” but with evidence like that, the employee “will have a much better case.”

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The Daily Dot contacted Ryan via a Twitter direct message and TikTok comment on the video. The video has been viewed over 149,000 times as of Monday, with viewers adding to other things managers can do to encourage employees to leave the company.

“In a lot of places the hours are just getting cut so you can’t afford to stay. hard to prove why they’re doing this,” said one viewer.

“Or when they change managers and promote you to a new position/task and get a bad manager. Yup done there. Had to go. Did my best,” added a second.

“Or giving you a bad rating at the end of every project, making you feel like a failure and not coming back,” said another.

Others shared their experiences with bosses getting revenge on them.

“Dollar General did all of this to me on the same day,” one person shared.

“I had this problem. I learned the hard way they automatically deleted my 3 month old emails and lost control of the paper trail,” wrote a second.

“This is exactly what happened to me, but I was able to easily complete the 10 extra tasks and stand out in all of them. So it didn’t work for him. Ha,” commented a third.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Laws prohibit the punishment of job applicants or employees for exercising their right to be free from discrimination in the workplace, including harassment.”


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*Initial publication: March 13, 2023 3:57 pm CDT

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