No unemployment benefits after quitting to avoid firing

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Employees who quit usually aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation. Only those who quit for “a good reason caused by their employer” are eligible for benefits.

Recent case: Connie Marsh knew she had to pass a software test to keep her job. Her employer had al­­ready announced that employees had two chances at the test. The day before her test, Marsh quit, apparently convinced she would fail.

She applied for unemployment compensation benefits, arguing that she quit for a good reason caused by her employer—namely because she knew she wouldn’t pass the test and that she would therefore be fired.

The court said she wasn’t eligible. She quit too soon and couldn’t use the excuse that she quit to protect her employment history. (Marsh v. Dungarvin Minnesota, No. A11-258, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2011)

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