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No unemployment for man who quit over costly health insurance

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in Employee Benefits Program,Human Resources

Alfonzo Harlin took a job with the New Hope Emergency Food Shelf Network in late 2008. He claimed his new employer told him his health insurance premiums would be about $285 per month.

When he found out the premiums would actually be more than $700 per month, he quit. Then he filed for unemployment compensation benefits, claiming the high health insurance costs placed him in an untenable position. His job had paid too much for him to qualify for state-subsidized health care and he could not afford the $700 monthly premium.

The administrative law judge hearing the case sided with the employer after the food pantry presented a letter it had given to Harlin soon after he was hired. It showed the true cost of the insurance. Harlin wasn’t able to substantiate that anyone had ever promised him premiums of $285 per month.

Harlin appealed, but the Appeals Court backed the earlier decision.

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