Is It a Threat to Say, “There’s the Door”?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a threat to be fired.

At my workplace where I am a union representative, managers will often use the phrase ” if you don’t like it, you know where the door is” or “there’s the door”. Is this a threat? Is it illegal practice?

Signed, Tired of the Threats

Dear Tired of the Threats:

There is nothing illegal about the statements you describe, nor are they threats. However, they are very poor ways to communicate and probably indicate broken relationships both ways. At a distance it’s impossible to know what has brought things to this point. Undoubtedly it will require specific effort by many people to get any improvement.

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