If You Quit

Unemployment benefits are available to those who voluntarily quit their jobs with good cause. Each state defines "good cause" to quit differently. In some states, a worker who quits will be eligible for benefits only if he or she was essentially forced out of work for job-related reasons. For example, if the workplace is dangerous, and the employer refuses to fix the problem, an employee who quits might be eligible for benefits.  Some states are more generous, allowing employees to collect benefits if they quit for compelling personal reasons (such as to escape domestic violence or care for a seriously ill family member).  

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