In Minnesota, employees who suffer from a serious illness can still collect unemployment compensation if they ask their employers for an accommodation. If none is available, then the employee can collect benefits if he can’t work.
But employees must tell their employers about their medical condition.
Recent case: Gregory Anderson got a ride to work every day from his company’s owner. One day, he left a message informing the owner that he couldn’t come to work because of legal problems. The owner returned the call, but got no answer. After a few days, he terminated Anderson.
Anderson filed for unemployment benefits, explaining he had been mentally ill. His request was denied because he neither told the employer nor asked for an accommodation. (Anderson v. Range Manufacturing, No. A11-1036, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2012)
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