Unemployment benefits if you quit your job

Can you get benefits if you quit your job?

It depends. We'll decide if you are eligible for unemployment benefits based on the facts about your job loss. You may qualify for unemployment benefits if we decide you quit for the following good-cause reasons:

  • You quit to take another job.
  • You became sick or disabled, or a member of your family became sick, disabled or died, and it was necessary for you to quit work.
  • You moved to be with your spouse or domestic partner whose job is outside your labor market area.
  • You needed to protect yourself or immediate family members from domestic violence or stalking.
  • Your employer reduced your usual pay or hours of work by 25 percent or more.
  • Your employer changed the location of your job so your commute is longer or harder.
  • You told your employer about a safety problem at work, and your employer did not fix the problem quickly.
  • You told your employer about an illegal activity at work, and your employer did not stop the activity quickly.
  • Your employer changed your usual work, and the work now goes against your religious or moral beliefs.
  • You entered approved apprenticeship training.
  • You started approved training under the Trade Act.
  • You worked full-time and part-time jobs at the same time, and you quit the part-time job – then were laid off later from the full-time job.

Note:  Based on the reason why you quit work, we may have to also review your availability for suitable work.


Resources

If you need assistance, you may wish to contact any of the following non-profit organizations. The links on this Web site are for your information only and do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by our department.

Unemployment Law Project | Northwest Justice Project | Washington Law Help