Can I Collect Unemployment if I Quit Due to Stress or Health Reasons?

June 7th, 2012 by Reed Allmand

Can I Collect Unemployment if I Quit Due to Stress or Health Reasons?

Unemployment benefits often require a worker to lose their job not at the fault of their own.  Quitting your job may be another situation entirely.  Often, quitting employment may not make you eligible but under certain circumstances you may be eligible depending on state regulations.  You have to be able to work in order to collect so if you left due to stress, you’ll have to demonstrate you will be able to work under less stressful conditions.

The unemployment agency will review your medical situation to see if it was in fact serious enough for you to leave.  If you quit due to “medically documented” reasons, you may be eligible for unemployment.  This may include suffering a condition that is trigger by stress.  You may have to report actions you did in order to seek less stressful duties.

A medically documented reason refers to visiting your doctor during your time of employment. You may be eligible if your doctor recommended you change your job.  It’s important to visit your doctor and review your situation before deciding to quit.  You may need to present medical documentation when your job loss occurs to apply for benefits.

Since you are required to engage in job searching on a regular basis to qualify for benefits, payments may be suspended until you become physically active.  You are not guaranteed to be eligible for the full amount of benefits or you may be eligible to receive them for a specific time period.  It may also help to seek time off from your employer before leaving your place of employment.  Under the Family and Medical Leave Act you may get up to 12 weeks off with job protection.


About Reed Allmand


Allmand's vision is rooted in his own financially precarious childhood in Abilene "My father always had difficulty holding a job and supporting our family, so after my parents divorced when I was 12, my sister and I got jobs to help make ends meet," he recalls. "I remember what it felt like as a child to worry that our car would be repossessed or home foreclosed on."

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  • Sonia Rios

    I quit my job after being out more than six weeks on medical leave it was an going medical leave .I had 3 herinated disc that’s when I had surgery after that my bills were piling up on me.I could not pay to go see my doctor anymore and I am still in a lot of pain.

  • Williams

    FMLA only helps the employee if the employer has provided health benefits and the employee has either compensating leave pay, such as paid medical and vacation time accrued. Otherwise FMLA is a employer loop hole to escape from paying unemployment benefits. Most people can not afford unpaid leave from a job for twelve weeks. The employer split my job to two separate part time jobs for 8 years, making me uneligable for health insurance. When in need of surgery my employer had me file a FMLA form. Now I have no insurance for surgery, no job, and because I am technically still employed, I can not recieve unemployment or SSI. My employer is untouchable and the laws can be turned to protect the employer not the employee.


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