Sample resignation letter due to hostile work environment

In this brief blog post, we will provide examples of a sample resignation letter due to hostile work environment.

Resigning Due to a Hostile Work Environment

Resigning due to a hostile work environment is also referred to as being constructively discharged, where the person resigns because they can no longer stay on the job due to a hostile work environment. Resigning due to a hostile work environment is different from a typical resignation, firing, or other types of separation of employment, because here the employee is leaving because of hostile working conditions.

Resignation letter due to Hostile Work Environment Sample

A resignation letter due to hostile work environment sample will start as follows:

“Unfortunately, this resignation is due to the hostile work environment I have been experiencing since the recent promotion I received. The rest of the employees have behaved increasingly hostile to me since I was promoted over them and I can no longer keep coming into the office under these conditions.”

Sample resignation letter due to hostile work environment

The sample resignation letters due to hostile work environment can be used when someone has realized how their dream job or that job that had high expectations, turned into a nightmare.

When we are living this type of situation every day, we can feel as if it is too much to bear where the only solution seems to hand in your resignation letter.

Still, your letter should remain professional, polite, without naming specifically those involved by highlighting what is bothering you about your work environment, avoiding making the situation worse than it is already.

Here are some samples of resignation letters due to a hostile work environment. 

Sample 1

“If you are trying to write your letter in a professional manner without letting your anger get the better of you, try getting some ideas from this resignation letter due to hostile work environment sample from an employee who has suffered hostility from coworkers after receiving a promotion.

He writes this formal letter to his employers to inform them of the situation and let them know that he is going to be resigning immediately due to the poor circumstances.

Dear Mr. Coursey,

I am sending this letter to inform you of my immediate resignation from my position as project manager at ABC Company. Unfortunately, this resignation is due to the hostile work environment I have been experiencing since the recent promotion I received. The rest of the employees have behaved increasingly hostile to me since I was promoted over them and I can no longer keep coming into the office under these conditions. I will not be coming back into work so please accept this letter as my official notice of resignation from ABC Company.

I apologize for any inconvenience that my resignation may cause to ABC Company. It is my hope that by bringing this situation to your attention, some type of action can be taken to prevent this from happening to the next person who steps into my position. If you would like to discuss this with me further, please contact me at (555)-555-5555 or [email]

Although I am very upset at the situation that has necessitated my resignation, I am glad for the business experience I have earned by working at ABC Company up until now and know that it will serve me well in my next job. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Sophie Vanderbilt

Sophie G. Vanderbil

Project Manager

ABC Company”

Sample 2

“Dear Mr. Bill,

It is with sadness that I write this letter to inform you of my decision to resign my position as Office Administrator at the Cleveland Branch of Marvel Consultants effective two weeks from today. I’ve been in my position for six years and have enjoyed the job the people I work with and the consultants I support. If you check my file you’ll see that for the first five years of my employment I received excellent performance reviews.

It is the last year that has been difficult– the last year with a new Branch Manager. Unfortunately the new manager has taken the polarising partisan political positions so commonly fought about in the public forum and not only invited them into the office but has stirred up disagreements and been insulting to employees who disagree with his position.

During this difficult time and with another national election coming up one would think the wise path would be to eliminate politics from the office. Instead I have felt persecuted because of my political beliefs and challenged and forced to defend them.

As I said I have enjoyed my job at Marvel Consultants. I’ve learned many things in my time here including what makes a hostile work environment. Just the sense of relief I feel in writing this letter confirms that my resignation is the right move. Thank you for the mostly positive experience.


Barbara Ward”

Sample 3

“434 Example Street

Martinez, CA 12411

March 25, 2019

Mr. Jaden Smith

Director (Sales)

Macy Works

102 Trinity Circle

Martinez, CA 45021

Dear Mr. Smith:

I would like to inform you of my decision to resign from the position of Sales Manager for Macy Works, on a two-weeks notice, effective April 8. This notice period is in accordance with the terms and conditions charted out in my employment letter.

As I have mentioned several times, both verbally an in writing, my work is being adversely affected by the unhealthy conditions prevalent in the office. Since I am supposed to be working with a team of people who are not very good at providing directions, I am afraid that this situation is making me come out (wrongly) as someone who is unable to work properly.

Not only is this situation hindering my work, it is also making me nervous and unable to meet deadlines, which is a great cause of concern for me. Since I have made several attempts to rectify this situation over the last 3 years, and have been unable to resolve it through dialogue with the management, I believe that I should move on.

It would be a great kindness if you could process my leaving documents immediately so that this transition can take place without problems. On a completely different note, I am grateful for the opportunity to work here, and anticipate a future liaison if circumstances change.



Denver Pole”

Sample 4

“Experiences over the past several months convince me that I must resign from my position as counselor, effective no later than two weeks from today. When I was initially hired at Doe Corporation, I thought that this was a company believed, as I did, that the relationship between a company and its employees should be mutually beneficial. Poor wages, infrequent raises, uncompensated overtime, routine layoffs, and an excessive workload have convinced me otherwise. Therefore, I can no longer work for a company that clearly undervalues the worth of its employees.

I want to thank you, however, for being a wonderful supervisor. I appreciate the time you took to discuss my concerns with me. I know you did everything you could to improve our working conditions, but the fact that your efforts have been persistently ignored by upper management is indicative that things are not about to change in the near future. I sincerely hope that my resignation does not adversely reflect upon you in any way.

Two weeks should provide adequate time for me to complete my assignments. According to current policy, I suspect my duties will be assimilated in the usual way. Nonetheless, I will gladly ensure that my more difficult accounts are settled before I leave.”

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.

Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.

If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run program may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.

You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.

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