In most cases, if an employee packs up his things, storms out of the workplace and then doesn’t show up the next day, he won’t collect unemployment compensation.
Recent case: When Robert Underhill got into an argument with a co-worker, he didn’t think his boss handled it appropriately. Underhill boxed up his personal belongings and went home. When he didn’t return to work the next day, he was terminated.
Underhill applied for unemployment. But the court rejected his claim after the employer explained that it had always worked hard to resolve Underhill’s previous complaints. The court concluded Underhill left on his own accord and wasn’t forced to quit by workplace conditions. It denied his unemployment appeal. (Underhill v. Unemployment Compensation Review Commission, No. 10-AP-617, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2011)