A Pottstown, Pa. teacher who quit rather than accept a transfer won’t receive unemployment benefits following a Commonwealth Court ruling.
The school district transferred her from the Montgomery Early Learning Center to a position in Narberth, 35 miles from her home. Instead of accepting the transfer, she quit and filed for unemployment. Her application was denied and she appealed.
In making her case, she claimed the transfer “would result in more wear and tear on her car,” because the commute was “a bit too long of a drive.”
The court ruled her complaint was not a “necessitous and compelling” reason to quit. The judge noted the court has found commutes of 50 to 60 miles reasonable in previous decisions.
Note: Employers should actively oppose unemployment applications based on commuting distances.
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