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

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

I have a phone hearing with the CT department of labor and my ex -employer on Friday. Quit job due to: loss of transportation, hospitalization for medical detox, taking care of family member, and a toxic work environment.

Asked on January 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, based on what you write, you would not be eligible for unemployment benefits. While your reasons may have all been sound, they were *your* reasons--they had nothing to do with anything the employer did (other than the "toxic" environment, but under "employment at will," a workplace *may* be incredible toxic, demeaning, demoralizing, unpleasant, etc. and that is perfectly legal; employers have no duty or obligation to make the workplace a good place to work). When a person quits or resigns, unless it is due to a change the employer made, like relocating or reassigning him to a location so far away that no reasonable person would take a job at that distance, he or she cannot get unemployment. Voluntarily leaving work, even for good reasons, makes you ineligible for unemployment compensation.

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