Can I get unemployment benefits if I had to resign due to medical reasons?

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Can I get unemployment benefits if I had to resign due to medical reasons?

I work at a hospital and recently was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy. My doctor filled out a disability accommodation letter through my job that I was not to work the midnight shift. I work a rotating shift. The only accommodation that was offered to me was a full-time midnight shift which is exactly what my doctor said I couldn’t work. I asked many times if there was any other position within that department or hospital that I could work or even a contingent position but was told no. I felt I had to give notice. Can I get unemployment if I had no other choice?

Asked on August 20, 2011 Michigan

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Typically, in order to receive unemployment benefits you have to be unemployed through no fault of your own. This means that if you quit your job you are considered to be voluntarily unemployed (i.e. it is your own fault that you are unemployed). Consequently you are ineligible to receive unemployment benefits. However, exceptions to this rule exists. There are cases in which you may be found eligible for unemployment even if you quit your job. As a genral rule, you might be eligible if you quit for a mediclal condition or disabilty.
 
Note:  Since these situations are not the norm, you may have to have a special hearing on your claim or you may have to appeal an initial denial.
 
For further information you need to contact the MI Unemployment Insurance Agency.

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