Arizona Unemployment If You Quit

You can not receive Arizona unemployment benefits if you quit your job.




In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Arizona, you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own. This means that if you quit your job, you can't get unemployment.

Be sure that you can not quit your job because you didn't like it, or it was too hard, or because it didn't pay enough, or because the hours didn't work for your schedule - and still expect to collect unemployment.

If you are in a hostile work environment, or otherwise feel like you have to quit for a very good reason (such a threat to your health or safety), please take the following advice:

(See this forum thread for the whole story: )

The laws and requirements for unemployment eligibility vary from state to state, but most states do not allow you to collect unemployment benefits if you voluntarily quit your job. If a state does allow you to collect unemployment when you've quit your job - the requirement to do so will be VERY difficult to meet.

In most states, if you are fired for cause you may still be eligible to receive benefits - and the requirements in this case won't be as stringent as if you had quit.

It is my understanding that employers generally do not comment extensively on previous employees, or on the reason that they are not longer at their company, for fear of being sued. Most employers will generally verify employment dates and not comment on the reason you are no longer there, or offer any further details.

If your company fires you though, you can be sure they won't be writing you any recommendation letters.

I know how difficult a hostile work environment can be. I've been there. Still, I would suggest that you do not quit your job. If it is a large corporation, you should talk to someone in the Human Resources department about your situation and the hostile work environment. If you get fired and you have a wrongful termination case, it will be more difficult to appeal your case to the employment commission or more difficult to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit - as you will have willfully quit.

Millions of people are out of a job - so it looks like you'll be diving head first into a very difficult job market, no matter if your fired or quit.

Make them fire you.

Go on about performing your job duties, and do not do anything to provoke them to fire you. If they're going to fire you, they'll do it. If they continue the hostile work environment tactics, or increase them - you should contact the employment commission to see if you have any recourse or protections - as there are federal laws against hostile work environments.


Don't sign anything!

Don't sign any releases, forms, waivers, or anything.

If they present you with paperwork that has to be signed in order to receive a severance or your last check -- Don't sign it!

Take it to a lawyer, law school, smart aunt or uncle, or research and ask about the terms in the document online.

If you do end up signing it - remember that it is a legal document, so understand and agree to everything in it before you sign it. Also, remember that the terms are negotiable, because it is essentially a contract. If they want you to agree to their terms, you have the right to either:

a. Not sign it.
b. Negotiate the terms of the agreement.
c. Sign it.

Examples of ways you can negotiate this legal document, which is often referred to as a 'Separation Agreement':

a. Demand that the agreement state that you are being laid-off, not fired.
b. Demand that the company will not challenge your claim to collect unemployment benefits.

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# Jane Smith 2011-01-26 18:51
My company is centralizing all corporate office duties to another state. I am a full-time employee working 40hrs per week. I was offered other employment with the company but only get 4 hours per week and minimum wage. Am I eligble to receive benefits?
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# Mary 2011-12-28 15:04
I have a friend that was denied for unempl. He quit his job to help his mom in Cali with her business? But it did not work out? Now he is back and trying to find a job. Should he get unemploy? I heard their was a time frame if you get denied you should be able to collect?
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# Miles 2012-03-30 15:15
my employer recently confronted me and began to argue and yell at me. she pretty much asked me why i didn't just quit already. the more she yelled the less i could take it. i said, "i'm done" and walked out. a week later i collected my last check and dropped off their key. what kind of case do i have here? if one at all
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# savanah 2012-06-04 02:04
Can a person get unemployment due to mental illness?
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# jay 2012-06-28 15:04
My employer was engaged in illegal operations which exposed me to civil and criminal penalties.Due to this fact I was compelled to quit my employment . Am I entitled to collect unemployment /
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# Jackie 2012-09-07 10:19
My home was foreclosed on..I had to move in with my daughter 200 miles away..I had to quit my job to move..I couldn't transfer due to the fact that the company I worked for did not have a store at this location..Denied unemployment for Voluntary Quit..
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# Lynn 2013-06-26 14:48
My employer owes me a lot of back wages. I have not been paid in over a month, my hours have been cut also. I have lost my house and have a lot of bad debt due to not being paid. Can I quit my job?
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# Carol 2013-07-31 14:24
My employer of 1-1/2 years belittles me in front of customers, gets very close to my face yelling and pointing his finger in my face, discusses how he dislikes me to customers and other employees and has stated he's wanted me gone for over a year. He has yelled at me, within close proximity, several times. He is a large man and very intimidating. I have stated my concerns over being afraid of him to another owner and himself and the behavior continues. I feel this is a very hostile work environment and feel it has a lot to do with my not "partying" with the owners like other employees do. The behavior seems to be getting worse and I'm wondering if I were to quit if I could qualify for unemployment. I live in Arizona and have tried researching the laws but am not understanding them. Please help!
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# Jude 2013-08-29 00:33
please help with answering this question. I have not worked in
14 months. Technically, I am still employed but on medical leave.
I have applied for state social security which is in process, however may take another year or more. I will not be returning to my job due to various health issues. I really need some income and have always worked up until now. Im mid 50s. If I quit my job, is it possible for me to collect unemployment since I am unable to work. I have a good deal of documentation from the doctor. I would appreciate any information.

Thank You
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# Eddy 2016-07-17 15:41
I got fired did not sign anything trying to ge unemployment. now i got issue they are saying i volutary quit when i did not she specificly told turn in uniforms and thats i never said anything about quiting never volunteered what can i do in that situation?
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# Luis F Vasquez 2017-05-11 17:28
I had to resign from my job due to all the work will be in Cali now versus AZ where I live with my disabled Veteran wife. Can I still collect unemployment? I did leave on very good terms with the company. I am already looking for work.
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# Leona Urschel 2017-11-25 19:52
I am 68 years old and have spent my career as an instructor of dental assisting. My position was closed and I was laid off and began to collect AZ unemployment when I accepted a part time seasonal job as a cashier with a busy store. My training was one day of questions and answers with a program on the computer followed by my second day scheduled for 5 hours up front on the register. The manager who was to train me didn't come in so other cashiers tried to help me. It was all more than my ability to do to keep up with their demands. No one told me when my break was and there was the pressure of their corporate lady there putting pressure on speed of the cashiers. After four hours one of the managers came to help me and worked over my shoulders to get my customers done. I reached the point that I just could not work any longer and told her I quit. Then she realized that it was past my clock out time and let me go. Two days later I went in and told the hiring manager that I was not able to work the position she hired me for and if there might be some other position I could possible work. There was none so she took me in and had a paper for me to sign which I did. My pay was a direct deposit which I received on regular pay day. Now I am asked to explain my eligibility to collect further unemployment. I have always held a professional position in a career. This is what I reported on my unemployment claim: “The store needed cashiers with speed for their seasonal cashiers and I just was slowing down the store's requirements. Corporate lady was there and everyone was pressed hard and couldn't help me. One assistant manager came and worked my register from over me but never had the time to show me what she was doing. Without training that I misunderstood I'd be receiving, I worked my hardest and just couldn't do the speed. Not there at least. I went in and talked to Tianna about any other possible positions she had open or could put me in. But for the seasonal hire, she didn't have anything. She was very kind and understanding but we couldn't come up with anything. Maybe after the holidays I can try again. She was for that. I was treated respectfully yet left feeling somewhat disappointed. I really felt that if given a day of training on an actuarial register and not what they use on a computer program, I could have held the position that is. I will be able to do this type of work at at slower less pressured place of business. Now I am looking at losing my unemployment! Social Security just isn’t enough to live on since my pay at those private vocational colleges never paid much. I have no other income and for now unemployment will give me time to find that new job I can do. I am seeking any advice you can give me to save my eligibility for unemployment. I appreciate any help you can offer.
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