Do I have rights if I did not want to quit but did not feel safe?

UPDATED: May 29, 2019

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Do I have rights if I did not want to quit but did not feel safe?

In my office we have a team of 12. About a month ago, my site manager said,

Asked on May 29, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

This was clearly a joke, and in my experience, any court would take it as a joke. You may not have taken it as a joke, but the law does not look to what you personally believe, feel, or perceive, it looks rather to what the average reasonable person would, and the average reasonable person would have considered this a joke--witness, for example, that none of the other 11 people quit over this or called in a threat of violence to the police. Since this would not be taken to have been a credible threat of violence, your quiting would be taken to be 100% voluntary on your part (you leaving a place where you are not comfortable with your manager or the culture, which is your right); having quit voluntarily, you would have no right to any recourse or compensation.

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