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Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

Find U.S. Department of Labor resources on preparing workplaces for the COVID-19 virus (also known as Coronavirus).

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- WARN Advisor

Constructive Discharge

In general, the term "constructive discharge" is when a worker's resignation or retirement may be found not to be voluntary because the employer has created a hostile or intolerable work environment or has applied other forms of pressure or coercion which forced the employee to quit or resign. This often arises when an employer makes significant and severe changes in the terms and conditions of a worker's employment. What constitutes a constructive discharge is usually defined in state law and varies from state to state.

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