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).
Collecting Unemployment After Quitting a Job
Unemployment Eligibility after Quitting
Learn the basics on qualifying for benefits when you quit.
How To Get Unemployment After Quitting a Job
If you quit your last job, you will probably have to participate in a hearing to determine whether you are eligible for unemployment.
Getting Unemployment After Quitting Due To Discrimination
If you were constructively discharged — forced to quit — for discriminatory reasons, find out how to show that you are eligible for benefits.
Eligibility for Unemployment After Quitting in California
California, the most populous state, is also one of the more generous states when it comes to getting unemployment after quitting your job.
When to Hire an Unemployment Lawyer
If your claim is denied because you quit your job, you may want to consult with a lawyer.
Resources on Unemployment
Your Rights in the Workplace
The essential guide to your rights at work — and after you leave your job.