Simple personality clash is no reason to quit

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Employees can sometimes receive unemployment benefits even if they quit, but they must have good cause. Mere dissatisfaction doesn’t count.

Recent case: Victoria complained that a doctor at the clinic where she worked treated her disrespectfully. For example, one time the doctor grew frustrated over some administrative hassles that he blamed on Victoria and he blurted out “F*** Victoria!” She complained and the doctor was warned not to use coarse language. Still, she resigned and applied for unemployment benefits, claiming she quit for good cause.

The court disagreed. It said that, while it was clear that Victoria didn’t like the doctor, one outburst and a feeling that she wasn’t respected was not a good enough reason to quit. (Dretsch vs. Fridley Children’s & Teen’s Medical Center, No. A13-0468, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2014)

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