Accepting a Job is Like Admitting
It was a 
Suitable Job For You!

Oh yes I can imagine why you took that job offer, just as well as I can imagine why you might now be wishing you hadn't.

You were probably unemployed, possibly collecting unemployment benefits as much as the maximum weekly benefit amount allowed in your state.  But still, like any person denied unemployment, feeling a sense of desperation not uncommon to unemployed people.  


You heard yourself accepting a job maybe because you knew you didn't want to get caught fudging on your job search log detailing the required number of job searches required by your state.  So, you ignored the little voice in your head yelling, "Have you lost your mind? This job is not something I have done in my life, nor does it sound like something I even want to try to do to make a living"!

The question I have trouble answering - Do you think I have good cause to voluntarily quit my job"   Trouble because I'm often provided with only details to what the person has  finally proven to him/herself.  It was never suitable work to of accepted in the first place, but acceptance of a job is an act that confirms you thought you could meet the terms, conditions, and requirements of the job as explained by the employer that hired you.

Considering what the burden of good cause to quit must prove, many of  you will find yourself in a tough spot when you ignore it and leave me in a tough spot to answer how you might even be able to prove voluntarily leaving the job is/was somehow attributable to the work or the employer.

  • Can you prove, or at least verbally explain, how you were  misled at time of hire about the job you would be required to do?
  • Did the employer make a substantial change to the terms and conditions of employment shortly after you accepted a job?
  • And finally, what precisely did you attempt to do before you quit, to preserve the employment.

Or did you just let the problem ride for an amount of time that now threatens your argument the work was made unsuitable, with your own silence which can be interpreted as your acceptance of  the job as being suitable work for you.

The basic criteria used to determine the suitability of any job, naturally varies from individual to in individual criteria that may  not of been clearly, or fully disclosed by an employer at time of hire, or may be subject to change by the employer .. even years after you first accepted a job.


The criteria important to accepting, or refusing a job.  Resource: State Unemployment Law Comparison Charts.

All states look at whether the work refused was suitable. When state laws list the criteria for suitability, they usually address the degree of risk to an individual’s health, safety, and morals; the individual’s physical fitness, prior training, experience, and earnings; the length of unemployment and prospects for securing local work in a customary occupation; and the distance of the available work from the individual’s residence. Delaware and New York make no reference to the suitability of work offered but provide for disqualification for refusals of work for which an individual is reasonably fitted. South Carolina specifies that whether work is suitable must be based on a standard of reasonableness as it relates to the particular individual involved."



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