Is it illegal for my boss to keep asking me to quit for personal reasons?

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Is it illegal for my boss to keep asking me to quit for personal reasons?

She said she won’t fire me because she doesn’t want to pay unemployment.

Asked on May 31, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New York

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, it's not illegal. Your employer may fire you at any time, if it wants to, unless you have an employment contract to the contrary; that being the case, since it could fire you if it chose, it can ask you to quit. However, it can't make you quit--if you refuse to go, its option is to terminate you. The fact that it's in the employer's interest for you to quit, rather than being fired, is irrelevant--people and businesses are allowed to act in their own economic interest (as you are acting in your interest, by not quitting, for example).


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