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I disagree with the resign before being fired thing... if you get fired you could have a wrongful dismissal suit if the reason for firing was simply the person didn't like you.
I'm in agreement with CuAllaidh. If there is even a remote possibilty you could be fired....then let them fire you rather than you voluntarily resigning! You would have a right to sue for wrongful/unfair termination!
While I agree that suing for unfair dismissal is an option there is no guarantee that the case will be won. Secondly, think about the long term consequences of suing an employer. No employer wants to hire someone who has sued a former employer.
There is also the fact that most places give you severance pay if they let you go, but you don't get that if you quit. Employers don't look into if you have sued other companies before, most of the times that is confidential and the companies can't
Severance pay only applies if you are made redundant or laid off. In addition, suing a company is not something that is easily kept a secret. No probing is required to ascertain that.
Most companies will "lay off" an employee rather than fire them and give severance package to avoid the appearance of wrongful dismissal. As for finding out info about a lawsuit, it may be easy, but most companies don't bother.