Buffalo, NY asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York

Q: I work for a recycling company that is laying us off in June and currently providing us with no protections

I work for a recycle company that is currently still in operation but laying us off in June and are taking no precautions and no supplying use with masks or no sanitation items or disinfectant can I quit for good cause now and be eligible for unemployment I have many health issues along with my family and is it worth risking to be fired in 8 weeks

1 Lawyer Answer
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH

A: If you work for a company that is considered an essential business, there is no obligation on the part of your employer to cease operations, even if you feel that you are putting your health at risk. If you quit before you are laid off, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. Whether you are entitled to benefits is a state-law-specific question, so you could consult with an attorney who practices employment law in your area.

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