If I work for a large national chain store, what are my rights regarding safety and security?

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If I work for a large national chain store, what are my rights regarding safety and security?

My store is located in a somewhat remote somewhat remote area and is in a strip mall that is quite desolate. Our store is constantly being robbed. We usually only have 2 employees there any one time so we are an easy target for thieves. New Link Destination
day there were just 2 of us (young females) working when 2 men and 1 woman shoplifted approximately $2,000 worth of clothing. This is becoming more and more common. Corporate is aware but they won’t install security cameras nor hire a security guard. I’m becoming more and more afraid. It’s getting very stressful to go to work. If I quit will I be entitled to unemployment? I don’t really want to as I am a single mom of a 3-year old but I’m getting scared.

Asked on January 27, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If you quit, you would not be entitled to unemployment, since such a quitting--even if the best thing for you and your family and very logical--would still be a voluntary termination of employment; the law does not recognize concerns about crime in the area or at the mall as being justified grounds for terminating employment. So if you quit for this reason, you would not get unemployment compensation.

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