Q) I currently work for the city of New York and reside in Queens, NY. I have a medical condition which sometimes prevents me from reporting to work some days. I have asked my employer to be transferred to a closer location or to cut my work hours to around part-time work but they refuse. It’s a travel hardship that’s taken its toll. If I quit due to medical reasons, can I receive unemployment? I’m able to work and want to find something closer to my home and part-time.
A) Unfortunately in most cases, if you quit your job (even doe to an illness) you are not eligible for unemployment. However, if you left for a good reason such as not being paid, an unsafe or unhealthy work environment, a change in your job responsibilities, discrimination, health and safety risks on the job, or some types of family emergencies you may qualify for unemployment benefits.
General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.