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Have You Ever Left a Good Job Over Your Co-Workers’ Behavior? Or Fired a ‘Bad Apple’?

Posted Apr 18, 2012 12:08 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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Poll: Have you ever left a good job over co-workers' behavior?

This poll ended on Tue, April 24, 2012 - 10:03:35.


  • No. I stayed at the job, avoiding those co-workers as much as I could.
    176 votes (39.02%)
  • Yes. I found a job just as good or better and resigned.
    111 votes (24.61%)
  • Yes. I've quit over co-workers' behavior without a new job lined up.
    92 votes (20.4%)
  • No. I've always had collegial work situations.
    72 votes (15.96%)
Total Votes: 451

This month, the ABA Journal has a magazine story that singles out law firms that say they have a "no-jerks rule." Terry Conner, managing partner of Haynes and Boone, said that on rare occasions, partners with millions of dollars worth of business have been asked to leave the firm because of how they treated others there. “We don’t think of ourselves as saintly or holier-than-thou, but it’s just that someone like that in the long run creates more problems for us than they are worth,” he said.

But if you don't have the power to dismiss an abusive co-worker (see the ABA Journal podcast on how to cope with difficult colleagues), you have to figure out what to do about it.

This week, we'd like to ask you: Have you ever left a good job over your co-workers' behavior? Or fired a "bad apple"? We welcome you to describe the co-worker behavior that was (or is) pushing you over the edge, but please don't name names or workplaces.

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week's question: What Shocking and Curious Things Have You Seen Clients and Witnesses Wear to Court?

Featured answer:

Posted by JSP: "Had a client on bond once. He was charged with purse-snatching. The description of the perp was 'lime green jumpsuit, red alligator boots.' My client arrived for his trial wearing ... a lime-green jumpsuit with red alligator boots. When we 'discussed' his attire, he explained that since that is what the police report said he was wearing he thought needed to wear that outfit again."

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