Most people who receive unemployment benefits have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. These situations tend to involve people who were laid off due to a lack of work or who are fired for reasons other than their own misconduct. It is commonly understood that people who quit their jobs are unable to receive unemployment benefits, a misconception that may cause many people to stay in hostile or otherwise unpleasant unemployment situations. In reality, if an employee voluntarily leaves a position for good cause, Missouri unemployment law1 allows that employee to claim unemployment benefits.
Examples of circumstances that may constitute “good cause”
The law defines “good cause” as only that cause “which would compel a reasonable employee to quit or one which would require leaving work due to illness or injury. There are many examples of the types of employer conduct or workplace circumstances that may constitute good cause. Some of the more common examples of reasons for leaving employment that would likely be accepted as good cause by the Missouri Department of Employment Security2 include the following:
· Hazardous working conditions
· A substantial reduction in hours or pay
Establishing good cause can be a complicated issue that requires a significant showing of proof and may involve disputing the issue with your former employer. As a result, it can be extremely helpful for employees who are claiming that they have left a job for good cause to retain an attorney familiar with Missouri law as it relates to unemployment benefits.
Contact a St. Louis unemployment attorney today to retain legal representation
Individuals who have voluntarily quit a job due to the conduct of their employer may be entitled to unemployment benefits. In cases where an employee may be required to establish good cause, it is extremely helpful to have the assistance of an experienced attorney. St. Charles unemployment lawyer Kenneth Carp has been helping people with issues related to Missouri unemployment law for 25 years. To schedule a free case evaluation, call our office today at 636-947-3600 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.