Q) So I was not fired by not fault of my own but I felt I had no choice but to quit my job of ten years. It was becoming a very unsafe environment both mentally and physically on my health. Is there anyway the state can help me?
A) If you quit your job because of an unsafe work environment, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits, depending on the specific circumstances and regulations in your jurisdiction.
In general, if you quit your job because of unsafe working conditions or if your employer was not addressing serious safety concerns, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. However, to be eligible, you will need to demonstrate that you had no other reasonable choice but to quit your job, and that the working conditions were so unsafe that a reasonable person would have been compelled to quit.
To determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits in this situation, I would recommend that you contact your local unemployment office or review the eligibility criteria on their website. They can provide you with information on the specific regulations and requirements that apply in your jurisdiction, and help you understand what you need to do to apply for benefits.
Additionally, if you feel that your workplace was unsafe, you may also want to consider filing a complaint with your employer, OSHA, or other relevant agency in your jurisdiction to report the unsafe conditions and ensure that they are addressed.
You can get unemployment benefits if you quit your job because of unsafe working conditions.
Examples of job-related reasons
- Unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, including dangerous working conditions or equipment;
- A transfer to unsuitable work (a different kind of job that is not right for you
- An employer changes the job, such as giving you fewer hours (so you are not full -time anymore), paying you less than before, or not paying you the minimum wage. The change must be permanent, not just for a short time; or
- Unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual, racial, or other unreasonable harassment. Source: https://www.masslegalhelp.org/employment-unemployment/ui-if-quit