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3 signs your employer is “quiet firing” you

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | EMPLOYMENT LAW (EMPLOYEE) - Wrongful Termination

Losing a job for any reason can be devastating, but being “quietly fired” can be particularly disheartening because it often happens without clear communication or warning signs. While employers can lawfully let employees go at will under a variety of circumstances, there are certain limitations to this broad permission structure.

When an employer wants to fire you without being overt about it, especially when the firing is driven by internal politics or personal biases, they may resort to subtle tactics to push you out the door. The following are three signs your employer might be “quiet firing” you.

Exclusion from meetings or events

One of the first signs that you may be quietly fired is being excluded from important meetings or events that you were previously involved in. If you notice that you’re consistently left out of discussions, brainstorming sessions or social gatherings related to work, it could indicate that your employer is intentionally marginalizing you. This exclusion may serve to isolate you from decision-making processes and diminish your visibility within the company, ultimately making it easier for them to phase you out without drawing attention to their actions.

Unreasonable performance expectations

Your manager may demand unreasonable performance expectations that seem arbitrary or unattainable despite your consistent efforts to meet them. This could include suddenly raising the bar on your productivity targets, changing performance metrics without clear justification or faulting you for minor mistakes while ignoring your overall contributions. These unrealistic expectations create a sense of frustration and discouragement, making it increasingly difficult for you to thrive in your role.

Lack of meaningful feedback or development opportunities

In a healthy work environment, employees receive constructive feedback and have access to opportunities for professional development and growth. However, if you find that your employer has stopped providing meaningful feedback on your performance or has ceased offering opportunities for advancement or skill-building, it could be a sign that they’re quietly pushing you out.

If you feel that you were fired for protected characteristics such as race, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation – or perhaps you were retaliated against after exercising legally-protected rights – it’s important to seek legal counsel to explore potential avenues for addressing this potential violation of your rights under the law.