Some of the practices at my current employment are unethical, and borderline illegal, and in the past I've asked multiple questions as a result of this, some of which are and some of which are not tied to this account.
Myself as well as several concerned coworkers at our small organization have brought up these concerns, and we're not comfortable working under these conditions.
I've tried working with our management to explain why this is an issue for us, but they simply don't understand things from our point of view. As an example, when bringing up an issue where they'd asked an employee to bill a client for time spent on an unrelated, internal meeting, management responded with "We really don't see the issue here, the customer signs an order agreement to pay for up to X number of days of development from us, we never charge them more than that. If the end result is going to be the same, then there shouldn't be a problem." - Negating the obvious issue that it seems like they're billing customers extra in scenarios where we would have otherwise come in under budget when completing the project, to pad their revenues. Every employee here has a problem with this practice, as it feels an awful lot like billing someone for work that wasn't actually completed. That's one example.
To get to the question at hand, I'm going to be leaving this company soon. I've been wondering about whether I'd be able to receive unemployment benefits when I do.
I've read here that you normally don't get unemployment benefits in the US (I live in Phoenix) if you quit, unless it was in one of the following scenario's:
- Serious employer-related reasons, called "good cause attributable to the employing unit," or
Examples of job-related reasons
Unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, including dangerous working conditions or equipment;
A transfer to unsuitable work (a different kind of job that is not right for you
An employer changes the job, such as giving you fewer hours (so you are not full -time anymore), paying you less than before, or not paying you the minimum wage. The change must be permanent, not just for a short time; or
Unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual, racial, or other unreasonable harassment.
- Serious or important personal reasons, called "urgent, compelling or necessitous reasons."
Examples of personal reasons
Your own declining health,
In very limited cases, a lack of transportation, Leaving to care for a sick family member, Domestic violence, or
Leaving to take care of unexpected and urgent problems with the child care arrangements you have been using.
Specifically, my question here is how can I figure out whether or not quitting a job in this situation would result in eligibility for unemployment?