Can I get back on unemployment with the following occurrence of "just cause"?

I took a job while I was collecting unemployment after about 2 and a half months. The new job did not work out and I quit after an employee I had to work in close proximity with was hostile and did not want to train me and tried to undermine my work by telling me he would do it.(Instead of helping me) and then would not do it. He even started yelling at me the second day I was there for something someone else did. The customers (help-desk position) were also upset and sometimes nasty because apparently the company promised them things they could not deliver. I also learned after I was hired that I would have to be on call, which was never mentioned during the interview. This whole thing caused me great stress and anxiety. I went to upper management, who told me to "put on my leather pants".(sexual harassment?) After I told him I did not think that was an appropriate response, he said he would schedule a meeting the following day with me and the co-worker, but this never occurred. So after taking abuse for 3 more days after the meeting was supposed to be scheduled, I quit. I need to get back on unemployment until I can find another job. The online site just keeps putting me an endless loop that I cannot get out of. I still need to call them, but was hoping for some insight as the "just cause" law is very vague. Thank you for any help you can provide.

1 answer  |  asked Jun 20, 2010 10:18 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Bruce Elfvin
The ODJFS makes the decision on whether or not the circumstances of your leaving this employment is a disqualifying event. You will have to distinguish the reasons that you left to make them reasons that any reasonable person would have left for. The standard is in general that a quit is a disqualifying event for unemployment benefits. You may have to find something for 5 or 6 weeks before you can be eligible again if ODJFS denies benefits.

You can talk to an employmet lawyer about this before going through any discussions with the ODJFS.

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Jun 25, 2010 1:42 PM [EST]

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