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Under What Circumstances Can I Quit My Job But Still Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

In most cases, you cannot collect unemployment benefits if you quit your job. There are exceptions to this rule as your unemployment lawyer, I, Michael. J. Joshi, can explain.

The General Rule Regarding Unemployment Benefit Eligibility And Job Termination

Unemployment rates have been high in the last few years. In some cases, job termination can lead to eligibility for unemployment benefits. This is generally true for workers who lose their job through no fault of their own. The classic case would be for a lay off. If you have been fired for cause or you quit, this generally disqualifies you for unemployment compensation. There are some circumstances where quitting for good cause may still leave you eligible to collect unemployment.

Circumstances That May Give You Good Cause to Quit

The following is a basic overview of circumstances that may be good cause to quit. However, keep in mind that an unemployment lawyer would have to review the specifics of your case to give you legal advice based on your situation. In general, “good cause” reasons might include the following:

  • Leaving a job due to medical illness or disability
  • Leaving a job to take care of a seriously ill family member
  • Leaving a job due to domestic violence
  • Constructive discharge

What Is Constructive Discharge?

Constructive discharge is essentially when a worker leaves because working conditions have become so intolerable they feel they have no choice but to quit. As your attorney, I can advise you this may be due to unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions, etc. You may still be eligible for unemployment as well as have a claim for wrongful termination.

Call My Law Firm Today To Discuss Your Legal Options

At The Law Office of Michael J. Joshi, I provide my clients throughout Missouri and Kansas with case reviews and the legal advice they need to make informed decisions. Let an experienced unemployment lawyer review your case and help you decide how to proceed. Call my office at 913-428-0199 or send me an email to set up an appointment. Proper legal representation is a phone call away.