Am I eligible for unemployment benefits if I quit my job?

I am not sure what to do. I am in an unfair working environment and need to quit my job but obviously can’t unless I can get unemployment benefits while searching for another job. Is this possible?

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5 Responses to “Am I eligible for unemployment benefits if I quit my job?”

  1. -Nikki says:

    Depending on what state you live in, most of the time no. In NY you can’t. Your best bet would be to go to the website and look at the FAQ, it should tell you what makes you eligible.

  2. jlf says:

    Generally, no. “Unfair working environment” is a vague phrase. Do you really “need” to quit or is it more a case of WANTING to quit?

  3. Brandon says:

    Find an employment adviser now.

    You may have legal remedies available if you can prove your case.

    If you just quit, collecting unemployment bennies will be, at best, a lot of effort.

  4. merpius says:

    If you quit, then you are not eligible for unemployment, generally, unless you can show that it is constructive dismissal.
    If the working conditions are “unfair.” You would be better off pursuing that. If there is discrimination or harassment, then seek out a lawyer. They will be able to help you navigate the best way to take care of it, and, in many cases, you can find someone who will work pro-bono (assuming that affording the lawyer is an issue). If, by unfair, you just mean you don’t liek it, or don’t get along with your boss/coworkers, or something, then you may have little choice; nothing says you have to enjoy who you work with.

  5. Michael says:

    The answer is maybe. The rules for unemployment benefits vary from state to state. In many cases voluntarily leaving your position may make you ineligible (but not always). In addition, your employer can challenge your claim to benefits and if you quit, that makes their position stronger.
    If it is a hostile or an unsafe work environment, you should file those claims WHILE YOU STILL WORK THERE because you can’t do so once you leave. Note that leaving after you file those claims is often viewed as mutually agreeable for both parties.
    Don’t forget that this is a very tough economy to be searching for employment – best of luck in whatever path you choose.