Can I collect unemployment if I quit because my boss is breaking the law?

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Can I collect unemployment if I quit because my boss is breaking the law?

My boss has done several things that cause me to feel thatI must leave. He does not include a paystub each week showing my deductions, he forced me to work at his private property during company time, he pays me a lower wage than what was agreed upon during the interview, there are certain unsafe conditions in the warehouse, he does not provide me with enough time for a full lunch break, and in general treats me rather poorly.

Asked on May 31, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have not quit your employment yet, I suggest that you first consult with an attorney who practices labor law in that what your boss has done seems improper under the laws of all states in this country and could form a basis for constructive eviction. If you believe that the conditions at work are so bad for you that you have to terminate your employment, potentially you may be entitled to unemployment benefits.

The final decision ultimately will be with the Unemployment Office as to your entitlement to such benefits if you quit work on your own volition.


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