Involuntary Resignation Letter (+5 Samples)

Here, we will describe what writing an involuntary resignation letter looks like. We have also included a few samples of such resignation letters that you can refer to.

Writing an Involuntary Resignation Letter

Keep in mind the following points when writing an involuntary resignation letter:

  • State when you will end your employment
  • Explain why you were forced to resign
  • Share your views on the matter
  • List your pending projects
  • Mention whatever the company owes you
  • Keep it professional and civil

Sample 1: Involuntary Resignation Letter

“Dear Ms. Greeley,

I am writing this letter because I am forced to notify you of my involuntary resignation from my position at ABC Company. This involuntary resignation will come into effect immediately and I will not be returning to the office. I have received a number of anonymous notes and calls which are suspicious and/or threatening in nature, and I believe that they are a result of my recent communications about certain employees committing violations of company policies.

As you may already be aware, harassment of this nature is very stressful and causes a toll to be taken on my mental and physical health as well as my work performance. I could not possibly return to work with this harassment unresolved. If you need to discuss this with me any further, you may contact me by phone at (555)-555-5555 and leave a message or email me at [email] and I will get back to you.

It is my hope that this situation may be resolved by any means necessary and that no other honest team members receive similar negative treatment. I have otherwise enjoyed my time with ABC Company and will remember the good times. I am grateful for the valuable experience I have gained from working there and will carry it with me into all future endeavors. I wish you and ABC Company every success. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer L. Miller


ABC Company”

Sample 2: Involuntary Resignation Letter

“I began employment with XYZ 3 years ago and have enjoyed everything I’ve learned with this company. Unfortunately, recent events have caused the need for our separation. It was discovered on July 6th, 2017 that $1,000 was missing from the vault.

I participated in an active investigation of the situation and contributed any information I had with total transparency as I have nothing to hide from my employer. When I was informed by upper management that my passcode was the last to be used, unfortunately, they determined this information to be cause for termination. I am not aware of who else would have access to my passcode. The information is kept in a private file. Therefore I cannot point blame at any other employee with total certainty. I remember securely locking the vault door in place and I can only speak for the facts of which I am aware. At 2 pm, my assistant manager and I conducted a midday audit of the vault’s contents and it was in full balance. At 4 pm, we began our end-of-day audit and discovered by 4:30 pm that $1,000 was missing. I did not remove $1,000 from the vault between 2 and 4 pm. After the midday audit, my assistant manager was present as I securely closed the vault door.

I respect my employer for their diligence in their investigation. I have supported them throughout the entire process. Unfortunately, without a clear explanation for the missing funds, they have been required to make a decision based on circumstantial evidence. I have led this company in loss prevention and compliance for the last 2 years. As a manager, I understand it is ultimately my responsibility to ensure the employees I hire behave with total honesty and that operations are executed accurately and consistently. To the best of my abilities, I have done all of this and more. While I do not agree with the decision to terminate my employment, I do accept it as a requirement of my position of leadership. In the future, I will take the knowledge I learned from this experience and ensure that better steps are taken to prevent any loss from occurring.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with this institution for the last 3 years. If any additional information is required, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Casey M. Employee


Phone Number


Sample 3: Involuntary Resignation Letter

“Keyla Gallegos


City, State, Zip Code

Nelson Riddle

Human Resources Manager, GTR Incorporated

City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr. Riddle,

This letter is to inform you that I am forced to resign my position as an administrative assistant for GTR Incorporated effective immediately. This involuntary resignation is the result of sexual harassment that I have endured for six months now and I can no longer allow this to be a part of my life.

I first informed you and several other managers of my situation when it began six months ago. Since then, the company has done nothing to remedy the situation and it is only getting worse the longer I stay at the company. I am now getting sexually explicit messages and emails sent to me by multiple offenders and I cannot work under these conditions.

I have contacted an attorney and I will be filing suit immediately. I have copies of all of the correspondence I have sent to the management team and copies of the responses I received. I am sorry that it has come to this, but I was left with no other options. I will not be able to contact you, nor will you be able to contact me directly. Please feel free to contact my attorney at 000-000-0000 if you have any questions.

Sincerely Yours,

Stacey T. Adams”

Sample 4: Involuntary Resignation Letter

“January 3, 2020

Dear Mr. Hernandez,

I regret to submit my resignation from my position as marketing manager at Advertising, Inc. My last day of employment will be January 4, 2020. 

Due to the unforeseen backlash of last quarter’s marketing campaign, management recommended that I resign from my position at the company. I am disappointed by the outcome of the events, but I understand that Advertising, Inc. is looking to reform its marketing efforts going forward.

I am grateful for my time here. This position has helped me pinpoint my talents and my areas for improvement. I will use what I learned as a marketing manager in my future endeavors.

Upon my resignation, the company still owes me 24 hours of paid time off. The human resources department and I communicated this already, and they will add the equivalent payment to my final paycheck. The marketing team will take over all of my correspondence with clients and create a plan to move forward in my absence.

Thank you for this opportunity, and I wish the company nothing but the best.


Colton Barr”

Sample 5: Involuntary Resignation Letter

“May 15, 2019

Dear Mrs. Green,

It is to my dissatisfaction that I submit my resignation from my position as a lead custodian at West Hills High School. My decision to end my employment will be effective immediately.

I loved my time at West Hills High School, but because of budget cuts, the school system can no longer afford my salary. I wish we could have worked out an agreement that allowed me to grow in my career, but it appears that circumstances will not allow it. I am forced to resign from this position and will look for new employment elsewhere.

I am thankful for the past five years I have spent at West Hills High School. The students were respectful, and the staff was friendly. I will miss all of the people I have connected with during my employment.

I accept the severance package the superintendent has offered me. The remaining custodians will cover my current duties until the school finds a solution for the budget cuts.


Linda Michaels”

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Frequently Asked Questions (Involuntary Resignation Letter)

What does involuntary resignation mean?

An involuntary resignation happens when an employee cannot continue their job because of the loss of a necessary license, inability to comply with job requirements, and cannot be placed in another position.

Can an employer push you to resign?

An employer may want to force you to resign to avoid firing you and prevent a lawsuit. But they can make your working conditions so undesirable that you may feel compelled to resign.

What is forced resignation?

A forced resignation happens when you are coerced to resign because of pressure from managers, supervisors, or members of the board.