Accidental resignation

Courts are very clear when it comes to resignation — the employee’s intent must be unequivocal
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|CHRR, Report on Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 05/24/2005

When is a resignation actually a resignation? It’s a question that seems relatively easy to answer — if the employee says “I quit” and walks out the door, that sounds like a resignation.

But it’s not always that easy. Given the nature of an employment relationship, there are bound to be interpersonal issues which cause either the employer or the employee to feel strongly about something.

If it is the employee, he might express strong sentiments about his displeasure and indicate an unwillingness to put up with something. Often, employers have considered these types of sentiments to be a resignation and respond with a letter stating the resignation has been accepted.