Missouri Unemployment If You Quit

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




In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Missouri, 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: http://unemploymenthandbook.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1708 )

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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# eric 2011-06-01 17:05
i was told by my project manager that they didnt need me nomore.when if filed for unemployment in missouri the former employer just stated to unemployment office that "he quit" no judgement has been maid yet for unemployment.whats my best option and what to get prepared for until then.
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# wallacepamela 2011-08-04 08:06
what happens if your working for a company and the payroll check is not good and you wait two weeks and payroll comes around again and the new check is not good? o I quit on grounds that the payroll is not good and the company is on poor grounds with everyone they owe not just the employees. I can not afford to pay the gas price to work and home and then no payroll that is good for the work that I have done for this company. What to do...
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# C.Harmon 2011-08-19 12:39
My Husband's job has promoted him but it resulted it a trasfer to Topeka,KS. I have toleave my job as my company does not have a branch in KS. Can I collect unemployment while I look for a new job.
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# Joann 2012-04-09 18:18
If I give 2 weeks notice to quit and they make me leave early then is it still considered that I quit or is it that I am fired? Will it make a difference if they pay me for that 2 weeks or not? Thank you.
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# RON 2012-05-11 12:09
If i sighned up to go to a day shift position from third 2 times and my employer told me both times i was going to go to days then they turned around and give these positions to someone else if i quit my job over this would i be able to receive unemployment benefits.
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# Ashley 2012-09-03 23:06
What if I'm working with a person that is constantly negative and bitchy. And they are lying to other financing companies that I dont want to have anything to do with. But would not want to get them in trouble either. I dont even know if they could get in trouble but their has been some issues and people are asking me questions about my boss that I dont know the answers to or that i do but i can't say anything about.
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# Sarah 2012-09-07 23:50
If my employer will not provide me with a sanitary and private space to pump my breast milk while away from my child will I be able to get unemployment if I quit? This being if my employer is able to get themselves exempt from the law regarding breastfeeding in the workplace?
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# Sonya 2013-01-21 01:14
I quit my job after 13 years of employment. I made numerous attempts to remain on my job after my home was foreclosed, car was repossessed and was homeless for 1 1/2 years. I still went to work everyday, but I became depressed and was pit on medication (antidepressant s). I didn't tell anyone ony job because everybody in this life is experiencing something.
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# Lee 2013-07-26 19:15
I work fulltime for a company and I loved this job. However, the owner of the company is having financial issues. Two pay periods ago - my paycheck bounced and they still have not produced the 2nd paycheck after the bounced check. They owe me for 2 full pay periods. I am filing a wage claim through the Dept of Labor with the State of Missouri. I have NOT officially quit - and they have not terminated me. What are my options regarding unemployment?
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# Kim 2017-10-13 07:52
Can I collect unemployment if my work environment is not safe? As in: one employee set another employee on fire just because he felt like it and yet did not get fired. That is attempted murder in my opinion. I don't feel I should have to be afraid to come to work because management will not get rid of the offending employee. If I quit for this reason, can I still collect unemployment?
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