Q) If I quit my job instead of getting fired, do I qualify for unemployment benefit, the company I’m working for. Seems to use the law only when is convenient for them not the employee.
A) In general, if you voluntarily quit your job, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits, unless you had a valid “good cause” reason for quitting. “Good cause” reasons vary by state, but may include situations where you were subject to illegal workplace practices or discrimination, or where your working conditions were so poor that a reasonable person would have felt compelled to quit.
It is important to note that each state has its own specific laws and regulations regarding unemployment benefits, and eligibility criteria can vary widely. So, it is best to check with your state’s unemployment office to determine if you are eligible for benefits based on the reason for leaving your job.
If you believe you have a valid “good cause” reason for quitting your job and wish to file a claim for unemployment benefits, you will need to provide evidence and documentation to support your claim. This may include statements from coworkers, documentation of discriminatory or illegal practices, or evidence of the poor working conditions that led you to quit.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits after quitting your job will be made by your state’s unemployment office based on the evidence and documentation you provide.
According to the Department of Labor, you need to meet two criteria to qualify for unemployment: You are unemployed through no fault of your own: That means you are out of a job due to reasons beyond your control, like a layoff. So, if you quit your job or are fired for gross misconduct, you’re not eligible for unemployment benefits.