Will I still be eligible to collect unemployment ifI quit my job because the date that I live in is too expensive?

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Will I still be eligible to collect unemployment ifI quit my job because the date that I live in is too expensive?

I want to quit my job because I cannot afford to live in the state of CA and want to relocate to another state.

Asked on January 25, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately no--if you quit or resign your job voluntarily because you want to relocate to another state, you are definitely *not* entitled to unemployment. As a general matter, when the employee makes the choice to leave the job, he or she is never entitled to unemployment. There is a narrow exception for what's called "constructive termination," which is when *the employer* changes the job in some way as to make it impossible to do the job, such as by transferring the employee to a different location many hours away. However, the high cost of living in CA is not the employer's responsibility, and even if it's the right life decision for you, it does not entitle you to unemployment compensation.


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