If I had to quit and move because my house was unlivable due to a hurricane, why is that not considered

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If I had to quit and move because my house was unlivable due to a hurricane, why is that not considered

Out house was devastated so I had to leave my job. I relocated to another state. Since it was because of a natural disaster, why is that not considered good cause?

Asked on November 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Because "good cause" only relates to things done *by the employer* that constitute "good cause" to leave employment. Treat the employer-employee relationship as if it were a contract, at least in this regard: it would be be contract or agreement between you and the employer. A contract is not affected by anything not done by one of those parties. The employer did not cause the hurricane or the home damage; therefore, what happened to your home is not something justifying your quitting or resigning. Only when the employer does something forcing you to leave can you quit and get unemployment.

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