Leaving in a free country means you get to choose where you work and agree to a term discussed with the other part so long as it legally follows the state’s regulation on employment contracts.
A boss tried to stop his employee from leaving and you might think that’s because they were in an amiccable relationship and the employee was a very good worker. Well, no, that’s not the nice scenario that was unfolding for a worker whose resignation story went viral on social media.
An employee had sent in her 4-week notice to resign from a workplace and their boss refused to accept her resignation letter with a non-existing contract.
It’s pretty obvious that the employee wasn’t comfortable enough to work at the place any longer that she’d leave in less than a year. But she still stuck to filing a four-week notice in advance, which was on December 29th, 2022.
To her surprise, she gets a reply that tried to refuse her resignation later. It read, “When you signed on to [redacted] you were required to commit to a minimum of 1 year with our company. You were hired on 03/06/2022; therefore, your earliest available departure date would be 03/06/2023.”
She captioned her post with, “Tried to quit my job and they said no.”
Users quickly share suggestions and tips, such as whether a one-year agreement was made or a penalty to pay if she quit the job now, which is normally in the form of a sign-on bonus that she has to forfeit.
The employee, however, was well-prepared and was accompanied by a lawyer that help explain her contract. She replied, “Contract says nothing about this. I even had a lawyer friend of mine look through it and he basically said the same thing, ‘They can’t force you to work for them.'”
She promptly sent in her reply: she’s employed elsewhere soon after quitting the job and she’s an “employee at will.”
When asked in detail about the one-year deal, she was later told that her boss had told her about it during the interview. And the boss continued to tried making her stay by threatening her that she won’t be getting any recommendation or references if any future employers reach out to them.
Based in New York, the employee later shared, “I read through every piece of information I signed with the help of a lawyer I know, and there is nothing stating this on paper. According to them, I agreed to this during the interview.”
“Staying on and just not doing any work or something similar isn’t really an option. I’m quitting for more reasons than that I just don’t want to anymore.”
She added, “I also don’t work remote. Any amount of malicious compliance or pretending to work would involve showing up to the office. I work in a medical office. Entry level position, not licensed or anything like that. I received no sign on bonus.”
With all that’s said, she’s got a new job already. And why would they think forcing someone who’s already offered a position elsewhere a good idea?
One user told her that they’re glad for her escaping what seems like a toxic workplace and asked if her new workplace ever asked for a reference. She just calmly replied, “They didn’t ask, no, but I’ve already been offered the position so it doesn’t matter.”
And it turns into a fun place to suggest the most malicious compliance act they could think of. One wrote, “Congratulations on retaining the most insubordinate and disrespectful employee you could possibly imagine. I will be in tomorrow two hours late and leave five hours early with a one-hour lunch.”
“That’s very kind of you to continue paying me through 3/06/23 but I will not be working after <date>,” replied another.