Workers whose employers give them good cause to leave a job are still entitled to unemployment.
Recent case: Vanessa Viera’s job involved assigning parking decals to drivers who patronized a parking garage. She performed her job from an office and never actually entered the garage.
Then, on a day she felt ill, her supervisor told her to enter the garage and pass out registration forms. When she refused—arguing the fumes would make her sicker—she was fired.
Then she applied for unemployment benefits. She was first turned down, but appealed. The court then said she was eligible because refusing to obey her supervisor under the circumstances was good cause to leave. (Viera v. Paradise Parking, No. 3D09-3429, Court of Appeals of Florida, 2011)
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