Constructive Dismissal – What Is Forced Resignation?
Constructive dismissal, also known as forced resignation, is defined by Employment New Zealand as a situation “where an employee feels they have no choice but to resign”.
It’s hard to know what it looks like when you’re being pushed into constructive dismissal by an employer. As hard as it can be to think about, sometimes Kiwis go from difficult job to difficult job with consistently strenuous work relationships. This can make it tough to identify if what you are experiencing is workplace harassment.
You need to know your rights as an employee, and if what you are experiencing at work is so severe you are pushed to resign, you need to fight to have those rights honoured. Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in the workplace, knowing that their role is protected even if employers seem to be working tirelessly to dismiss this.
Unfortunately, you can’t predict if an employer might behave unfairly towards you when you are employed. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re covered by a trusted employment insurance provider.
Where an employer has breached your rights it is important to call upon the employer to remedy that breach and to warn that if it does not then you will be forced to resign in protest. These steps are a very important if an employee wishes to succeed with any constructive dismissal claim.