What will happen if you don't sign for a certified letter from a job?

I recently departed from a job and they are telling me I was terminated and I resigned. One day I get home and a note from the postman was stuck on my door about a certified letter that need to me signed. It was from my previous job. I am not signing for that letter because I wasn't terminated, I resigned. I know they will send it back to the employer, but what will happen if I don't sign?

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  • 1 year ago

    Refusal to accept a certified letter does not let you legally escape any legal consequences that may result. I was a carrier for 38 years and several times, I had people refuse a certified letter. I explained to them that that was their right, but the fact that they refused it would not hold up in court if they tried to claim that they were not responsible for *whatever* on the grounds that they never received anything. All the person suing them had to do was present the unopened, refused letter as evidence. Their sending of the letter in this manner satisfies any legal requirement they may need for proof that it was sent. Your refusal doesn't change that.

    You're not being sued, but if you refuse that letter, your opportunity to officially contest it in writing will be gone. If you insist that the record show that you voluntarily resigned and were not fired, you need to accept it, open it, read it, and if it is a termination notice, then you can write them a letter, referencing their letter and the false claims it is making, and state, for the record, your version of the events surrounding your leaving employment.

    If you're not all that interested in what anyone else knows about the subject, then there is no harm in accepting their letter. And who knows, maybe the letter contains their instructions for how you are to receive your final pay, or information about something else that may be important. What you are doing is the equivalent of hiding your head in the sand and hoping that whatever is out there will be gone when you pull your head out. That's not how life works.

  • 1 year ago

    Your refusal to sign is as good as your signature for the SOLE purpose of proving they sent whatever is in the letter.

    The ONLY reason for sending the letter certified mail is proof it was sent.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    If you don't sign for the letter then you don't receive it.

    It may have included instructions for electing COBRA medical insurance coverage.

    In any case, your employer wanted proof that they attempted to notify you of something. They have that proof whether you sign for the letter or not.

  • 1 year ago

    What if it is your final paycheck?

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  • 1 year ago

    You won't get the letter.

  • 1 year ago

    whatever it contains will be delivered to you by another means ... whether you like it or not.

    example -- a process server might come by and tape it to your door, then take time/date stamped photo of it there. At that point, you've been served with whatever it is

  • 1 year ago

    Other than returning it to the sender, nothing will happen. However, from a legal standpoint, they sent that letter certified for a reason...to inform you of something important that may affect you. The fact that you refused to sign means that they have now carried out their responsibility, even if you haven't read it.

  • 1 year ago

    If you don't sign for the letter, then you don't receive the letter. That's all.

    I think you've misunderstood what a certified letter is. It has absolutely nothing to do with being terminated or not. It only has to do with you receiving the letter. Your signature is evidence that you received the letter. That's all.

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