Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Job Related Stress in Pennsylvania - What To Do?

Employment Attorney Representing Only Employees in Communities Such as Rosemont, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Telford, Frazer, Malvern, Exton, Phoenixville, Oaks, Limerick  Avondale, Chestnut Hill and Surrounding Areas

You may have heard about Steve Slater, the JetBlue Floight Attendant who suddenly quit his job in a furor, grabbed two beers and exiting the plane via the emrgency chute.  Don't we all want to do that from time to time?!!! 

However, you cannot get unemployment if you quit a job because a boss or co-worker is simply being rude or verbally abusive (unless it is really extreme and you first complain to managemnet and give the company a chance to sort things out, and even then it is risky). 

So, if you quit like Steve Slater, you leave only with your "principle" and your "dignity."  But, you can't eat principle and dignity, and it won't pay the bills.  Then, left with nothing but principle and dignity, and no unemployment benefits to boot, you are in deep trouble.

That leads some people, like Steve Slater, to beg for their jobs back after they let their "principles" and "dignity" run amuck.  Not surprisingly, JetBlue is not interested in rehiring him and, despite his celebrity status, no airlines are lining up to do so either!!  And the woman who Facebooked Steve and told him "I've got your back!"?  Despite her initial support, she has not found him a job, paid his mortgage, grocery bill, car payment, etc. 


Give yourself a chance, take FMLA leave for a few weeks or so before quitting your job [To determine if you are qualified for FMLA leave, enter "FMLA" in the Search Bar on this Blog and apply the rules to your situation].  It is unpaid, but you are guaranteed your job back when you return, and you can use your vacation time to keep the money coming in.  With a good doctor, you can even get Short-Term Disability benefits to keep you afloat while recharging your batteries.


Nearly all of us all have job related stress, rude bosses and co-workers, too much work and too little time, unrealistic expectations, personality conflicts, favoritism....

However, the courts consider such interactions and realities normal, and one cannot bring a lawsuit for a hostile work environment just because we are treated rudely or unfairly. The only exceptions to that rule, or I should say the most common exceptions, are where an employee can prove that he/she is being treated poorly or differently because of his/her age, sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, or in retaliation for seeking rights under state and federal laws governing things such as family leave, overtime or workers compensation benefits.

Employment Law Firm Helping Residents of Delaware County, Montgomery County and Chester County, Pennsylvania Who Are Experiencing a Hostile Work Environment

There are better ways to quit a job than doing what Steve Slater did. In fact, there are effective legal strategies you can employee to require your employer to address your legitimate work-related, stress-inducing issues. If you employ such strategies, and things still do not improve, than you may be able to quit your job and get unemployment benefits. We routinely help people who are under significant job-related stress. Call today and schedule an appointment if you would like to learn some effective legal coping mechanisms.

Pennsylvania Family Leave and Disability Attorney

John A. Gallagher, Esquire
Helping Individuals Since 1991
John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents employees in Pennsylvania.

Click Here if you have questions about any aspect of employment law, from wrongful termination, to wage and overtime claims, to discrimination and retaliation laws, to Family and Medical Leave…

Click Here if you have questions about any aspect of Pennsylvania Unemployment Law, from willful misconduct, to voluntary quit, to Referee Hearings, to severance issues…

Thanks for checking in with us.

No comments: