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Quitting a Job for Good Cause and Unemployment

Reasons Considered Good Cause for Unemployment Eligibility


Quitting a Job for Good Cause and Unemployment
Copyright Kirby Hamilton

When employees quit a job they are typically not eligible for unemployment. However, if you quit a job for what is considered good cause, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Some of the causes considered sufficient in many states include:

A family emergency or illness which requires your attention.  For example, a parent is terminally ill, and you need to supervise their late term care.

Abusive or intolerable working conditions.  For example, a manager is sexually harassing you and the employer has not taken steps to remedy the situation.

A clear cut safety concern which is not typically associated with your work.  For example, you work with production machinery which has malfunctioned repeatedly and injured fellow co-workers.  Your employer has not taken adequate steps to avoid future accidents.

Quitting to care for a child after losing childcare and making a concerted effort to replace that care.

Loss of transportation to work such as losing access to a vehicle when no other means of transportation are available.  For example, your car is totaled by an uninsured driver and you don't have the credit or resources to replace it.  Another possibility would be the cancellation of a bus route which you were using to get to work, and you don't have any other viable ways to get to work.

A drastic reduction in your rate of pay, usually at least 20%, may be deemed as an acceptable reason for leaving your job

An employer has asked you to commit an illegal or immoral act.

An employer has not honored the terms of an employment contract after it has been brought to their attention.

Before You Quit a Job

Unemployment offices will generally expect applicants to take steps to remedy any problem. You will be expected to report any problems to your employer prior to quitting and to ask for remedies.

In addition, state laws vary. What is considered "good cause" or "reasonable cause" can vary from state to state.

Check with your state unemployment office before you quit to gain an understanding of the rules which apply in your area.

Appealing an Unemployment Claim Denial

If you have filed an unemployment benefits claim and your claim is turned down or contested by your employer, you have the right to appeal the denial of your unemployment claim. Here's how to file an unemployment appeal.

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