Georgia Unemployment If You Quit

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




In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Georgia, 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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# New beginning 2011-06-20 17:15
Can I draw unemployment if I quit my job in the state of Georgia due to sexual harassment on the job????
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# Donna 2011-11-06 00:16
What if I quit my job because I lost my home and had nowhere else to go except out of state to a family member's home?
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# jennifer 2011-12-04 23:03
My husband is having surgery and is unable to be alone from that moment on. He will not be able to drive nor move around.
My mother has cancer and is going through chemo as well,my dad's health is poor and i am an only child. If i quit to take care of my husband and mother, will i be eligible to obtain unemployment benefits. I have no other recourse but to see about my spouse and mother.
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# donna 2011-12-05 15:34
Can my daughter quit her job and still draw unemployment? She is denied lunch breaks b/c of patient load at the dentist office she works for however others get their lunch time and the other problem with this is she is 3 months pregnant. For example today she was told by the dentist that she is chair side w/ she could go to lunch b/c they did not have a patient at that time and the head dentist (the owner) tells her tells her that she can not go to lunch b/c she should get to leave early b/c they dont have that many afternoon patients. Well then the patient that didnt show up shows up late and now she is working all day with no break and pregnant. What should she do???
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# Rose 2012-03-12 13:10
I had to quit my job to take care of my dad after he had a stroke Jan 2011. He is doing better now and I have been looking for a job for 6 months without any luck. It seems I am over qualified for the jobs I have applied for. Do I qualify for employment?
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# Joyce 2012-05-24 07:26
Can I get unemployment if I quit my contract job because I did not have enough hours to make the ends meet? I was basically only working for gas money to drive to client homes and a lot of times they wouldn't even be there for their confirmed appointment, which I in turn could not get paid for. And my client list kept getting shorter and shorter.
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# Katherine 2012-06-30 16:32
Never get pay checks on time. The last pay check I recieved bounced...can I quite and draw unemployment, until I find another job?
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# sharnette 2012-07-04 13:11
I was the caretaker for my borthe who died of cancer in May and I resigned my job in June because I was not mentally or emotionally able to perform my work duites. I moved to MS to be near my sister because I no longer had family in GA and my brother was paying half the rent so I am no longer able to make the payments so I moved to anolther state to find work . Can I get unemplyment until I find a new job
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# Rick 2012-08-11 23:31
What if my employer moved to a location further away and it created transportation problems?
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# Debra 2012-08-28 18:29
Can a recent graduate who has been actively, yet unsuccessfully, job-hunting for 3 months qualify for unemployment benefits? Has not been working for past 4 years because of grad school requirements, but worked as a restaurant server during under-graduate years.
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# LISA ANN 2012-09-11 11:18
I have a health problem and have been out on a medical leave. My doctor has advised that returning to my current position would only make my problem worst. HR say they have no other position for me. Would I be able to file an unemployment claim?
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# Nicole L. 2012-09-13 04:19
My job has basically told me to quit or be fired, i dont want fired on my record can i collecr unemployment and go back to school.
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# Sharell 2012-10-09 22:00
I am a caregiver working for an agency. I had one client and she passed away. I took a leave for a few weeks and then called and asked for more clients and they haven't got back with me or assigned me a new client. Can I collect benefits?
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# marteshia 2012-12-01 22:10
I was employed for a chicken factory 3 months. I developed swelling and pain only to find out that i have an abnormal wrist which forced me to quit my job because of would have continued to work there my situation would have gotten worse. i was employed at my job before this one for 5years?Will i br eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Megan 2012-12-10 17:00
I have proof my checks aren't right if I quit would I get unemployment?
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# sue 2013-03-11 20:40
I started a temp job and continued certifying for ga ui I worked 2 days the job was not the job I thought they described I reported my 2 day earnings lost my ui because I was reported as a new hire am I eligible to recertify?
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# Dussair 2013-04-15 13:39
What is the best way to go about this. I was hired about a year ago. I was offered a full time position, in which I have a offer letter stating the information about the the entire job offering. SInce I have worked there, I have noticed I am unable to talk to anyone, as we do not have a Human Resource Department, the manager is actually a Marketing Director. Not only have the employees been asked to do tasks unrelated to the job at hire, but it is considered to be fraud. I have discontinued that particular job task because it is not something I am comfortable with. I have been denied lunch breaks, I have been questioned and asked to reschedule my schedule PTO time to accommadate the marketing director. They have turnover constantly, which has left me to do numerous additional jobs, without additional pay. The company is not paying the lease on the building and has been notified on occasions. They also have not paid the electric bill on three or more occassions, as well as equipment has been taken from the practice because it has not been paid for. Unfortunately this has put me in a bad situation. I am having to work a second job, because on any given day, I am sent home early due to lack of patients or work. I have been shorted on my paycheck on many occassions. They can not afford to pay the bills, much less the employees and I am struggling, mentally, physically, and financially. This is causing a lot of stress which has lead to me have to see multiple physicians for health reasons. I do not have a job lined up which has kept me in this really unhealthy position and I have no idea what to do. They have talked about letting me go because they can not afford to pay salaries but I am still there doing three peoples jobs but not getting compensated for it. Every day in unknown because they do not pay the lease, the bills, and the employees for their hard efforts which I feel is unjust. They are sending the employees home early, which has become a weekly issue, which is causing me to become behind on my biills. This issue has put me in a bad situation in every way possible and I do not know what my options are at this point.
I need advice as soon as possible because I have tried to wait this out but it is only getting worse because there is not one person in the office to confront about the situation and at any given day the doors can be locked and I will be without a job, money, place to live and I really need to know what my options are at this poiint. With the unemployment and my lack of sources to find a job is going to take some time. This situation is causing me to have to move back in with my parents and it has caused a lot of issues as I have mentioned. Please advise assap. You can email me with your best knowledge and advice for this situation. Thank you for your time.
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# LaDonna 2013-04-30 09:57
I feel my workplace is unhealthy due to our office having 3 cats in here. I am a secretary and I have to clean up cat vomit, feces and urine not just out of the 3 litter boxes but off the floor and office tables. If I dont't do it all of this would just sit there. My owner will not get rid of the cats. I think this is very unhealthy and my daughter is highly allergic to cats and I have to go home with cat hair on me. I desperately need to leave this a good reason for unemployment because I think it is. It is unhealthy for she smokes in her office all day.
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# Cynthia 2013-06-26 14:29
Can I draw unemployment if my Job is relocating the office over 60 miles away?
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# Jennifer R. 2013-08-17 18:55
I work for a doctor's office in georgia. The office has about 80 employess total. In my department we have five girls, including myself, one of the girls is my supervisor. We answer the phones and schedule appts.
Three of the girls went to lunch the other day and came back to the office and announced that they had been taking shots at a nearby bar while at lunch. One of the girls was my supervisor and one girl then proceeded to drink at work. She had a bottle of vodka in a water bottle and was taking shots When I stated that I was uncomfortable with what was going on, no one said anything, not even the supervisor. I then decided to let our administrator know and he stated that it would be handled. Since the incident I have had the supervisor call me a "low-down snitching bitch" and nothing was done to the girls that were drinking that I know of. Could I quit and be granted unemployment until I can find something else?
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