What is considered to be a legitimate reason egarding quitting for good cause?

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What is considered to be a legitimate reason egarding quitting for good cause?

I was promised a promotion and was training for it when the field manager brought in her own people. Now, one of them is taking my position and I have to now train them on what I know so I won’t be getting the promotion. I talked to my general manager about it and expressed how much stress this has caused me. She said that the field boss is not giving her an option and then the field boss when she comes in on occasion makes me like crap in front of other employees.

Asked on September 6, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Not getting a promotion or having to train someone who is getting it instead of you would not be good cause to quit, in the sense that it would not let you quit and get unemployment. (You could of course simply quit, if you like.) There is no guaranty of a promotion, and a promise of a promotion may be freely reneged upon; since this not something to which you are not entitled, not getting it is not "good cause" to quit.
What you are thinking of as "good cause" is actually called "constructive termination": it is when the employer changes your current job in such a way that a reasonable person would no longer believe it is economically viable to have the job, such as cutting your hours and/or pay by 1/3 or more (approximately) or transferring you so that your commute is an hour or more longer each way than it had been, or switching a day shift worker to night shift (since that could require completely unending your life).


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