I HAD to serve rotten food at an exclusive country club so I quit. Is this a constructive discharge or good cause??

by Jaye
(allentown Pa)

I quit my job as a pantry chef at an exclusive country club because the disrespect for food safety codes and sanitation laws were amoral. I could not deal with serving human beings utterly rotten, manipulated, adulterated food and feeling good about myself at the end of the day. My claim was approved based on my findings in fact, however, then appealed and denied. I am appealing to the board of review in Pa and am scared to death. This club has unlimited resources and funds to massacre me.







Hi,

First, tell me how did you substantiate you quit with good cause due to food safety issues?

Did you file a complaint, or report any of this to the health department before you quit? Seems like the reasonable thing to do for someone who cares about themselves and the patrons and being able to prove good cause when the employer might not comply with an order from the health department or something almost as bad, fire you in retaliation for doing the right thing .. but being a pita (pain in the ass) whistle blower on the country club.

Or perhaps you presented testimony from other outraged employees who quit also and were all willing to testify for each other .. but the hearing referee didn't weight that testimony to find your testimony more credible.

Good cause may begin with ..

" disrespect for food safety codes and sanitation laws were amoral."

But it's the next part that doesn't prove you made any effort to preserve your job, or I might add, protect the patrons. Yet, it relates a personal good cause reason, that isn't rising to PA's section of law about personal reasons being good cause when the quit can be demonstrated to be necessitous and compelling in the eyes and mind of a similar reasonable person who would do the same.


"I could not deal with serving human beings utterly rotten, manipulated, adulterated food and feeling good about myself at the end of the day."


Yes it's good personal cause, but at the end of the day, it doesn't meet the standard of law you must achieve to prove good cause to quit.

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