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Unemployment: Workplace threats are grounds to quit

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Employees who report being threatened at work can quit and collect unemployment benefits if their em­­ployer doesn’t act fast to provide a safe workplace. Such a “compelling and necessitous” reason to quit makes the employee eligible.

Recent case: Kayla was a nursing assistant assigned to private homes. When a man showed up at a company party and threatened to “break her face” for not taking good care of his grandfather, Kayla had to call the police and have him escorted away.

Her employer promised to remove the patient from her care roster, but it did not. When the grandson again accosted Kayla, she quit and filed for unemployment compensation.

She got the benefits because she had complained about the threats and her employer didn’t resolve the problem. (Life Pittsburgh v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. 230 CD 2015, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 2015)

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