Can mental illness that impaired judgment be factored into eligibility in California?
My husband suffered a manic episode in conjunction with two heart attacks a little over a year ago. (Doctors could not confirm whether the vascular problems triggered the episode or if it was coincidental.) While in his delusional state, he quit his job and did many other irrational things. With time and treatment, his mental state returned to normal, but he has been unable to secure employment.
He did file for unemployment and was denied because he quit voluntarily. During the interview, he did not explain that there were extenuating circumstances, i.e., mental problems. I'm wondering if there is any grounds for an appeal. There are medical records confirming the manic diagnosis, if indeed that would do any good.
Yes, I think you could use that as a basis for appeal. One question though .. has your husband approached the employer that he quit and explained the episode and asked for his job back?
I can envision an employer protesting with an argument that he didn't do this .. so how would they know ..
The episode itself though definitely lends itself to not being "voluntary" and due to a medical condition. You would also be a good witness as well as the medical documentation.
That must have been a very frightening time for you.