I’m trying to leave a bad situation and since I don’t want to deal with retaliation I’m trying to avoid letting the people I work with know that I’m looking and applying elsewhere. The issue is that some places demand references from your current job. My previous job has a very high turnover rate so no one there would know who I am. My current job has increasing turnover due to no raises and a seriously high increase in cost of living. We now have to drive our personal cars into the ground and people aren’t willing to do this.