If y doctor has advised me to quit my job due to the severity of work induced migraines, canI still collect unemployment?

UPDATED: Sep 2, 2011

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If y doctor has advised me to quit my job due to the severity of work induced migraines, canI still collect unemployment?

My doctor has advised me to quit due to the migraines because of my stressful work environment. I am getting these things 2-3 times a week anymore and it is making it impossible to work.

Asked on September 2, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that you can quit your job due to stress and collect unemployment. Unemployment compensation or insurance is unavailable when an employee voluntarily leaves a job, even for very good reason (e.g., if a spouse is relocated and the employee quits a job to follow his or her spouse, that's still a voluntary separation from work). Everyone experiences job stress, and many people get headaches, backaches, ulcers, etc. from them. If people could collect unemployment because of job stress, almost everyone would quit their jobs for unemployment; it is therefore *highly* unlikely that the unemployment office would consider this anything other a voluntary separation--since the consequences of ruling otherwise would be to ratify almost any employee quittin his or her job.

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