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I have been requesting to be moved from 3rd shift at my current assignment due to finding out I am pregnant, If I leave, is there a chance they will protest my UC benefits?


(North Carolina)

I have been begging to be taken off 3rd shift and switched to another shift at an assignment I have been on for over 6 months now due to finding out I am pregnant after having gotten on the shift and suffering from constant exhaustion to the point of being a danger on the roads.


If I leave due to the company and the temp agency not being able to work with me, is there a chance they will protest my UC benefits? I need the income and although I am looking for other work, I have not found any other employment at this time.

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Sep 23, 2014
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When you accept a job, it becomes suitable work
by: Chris

No, I do not think you would get benefits for quitting suitable work with the reason you gave me.

Even if it is a temp assignment on third shift that you now don't find suitable for being exhausted due to pregnancy.

But let me qualify that, you may have good cause if your physician says you do for the shift change and will document his/her medical advice that explains why you shouldn't be working third shift .. for a medical reason, not a self diagnosed reason.

Take doctor order to temp agency and request a shift change, or another assignment and see if they can't then do it, or at least find you a temp assignment with a schedule that will conform to the advice of a physician.

Make sure you can prove you did this and that if it was the employer who refused, how this forces you into a position to make a choice between your health, or that of your unborn child .. and working third shift.

This how a quit for a good reason can become a quit for a good cause health reason (documented by your doctor) and an issue with the employment an employer you can now reasonably begin to expect a reasonable employer would consider options to accommodate.

But still, you have to watch out for other strategies employers use to make you look like you quit without good cause ... one might be that they offered FMLA, however, if you are still able and available for suitable work, but just need that schedule change for something to do with your pregnancy .. the employer might try to put you out of FMLA .. which isn't the answer for when an employee is still able and available for work .. on a different shift.

Understand my drift .. because it's the same thing I've said all over questions about quitting for health reasons.


That you employer is a temp agency doesn't change the basic rules about unemployment for your state .. unless we're talking about a special voluntary quit provision for temp workers about contacting the temp agency at the end of an assignment for a new one.

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