I've been working for this company for 4 years. They don't respect their people or threat them right. They force you to work overtime for which they don't pay. Finally I couldn't take it any more and I told them that I had enough. They said if I don't like it I can quit by my self because they are not gonna put me on lay off so I still work there. Now it's even worse because they taking advantage of me still being there. I don't know what to do. Is there any chance that I can get unemployment benefits if I quit the job?? I just need unemployment benefits for short period of time until I find another job where people are treated with respect etc. Please help me. Thank You! I live and work in NJ
You can apply, but you can also report them to Wage and Hour for lack of pay on overtime. That is a much more harsh penalty because they will go in and do an audit.
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After working 40 hours in a week you are entitled to time and a half. If you are owed this, figure out how many hours they owe you. You re entitled to dould of what they owe you, in addition to attorney fees.
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You should file a claim with the Department of Labor for non-payment of overtime wages, assuming you have worked more than 40 hours in any week. Regarding unemployment benefits, generally, an employee who quits his or her job voluntarily is not entitled to unemployment benefits. However, under these circumstances, i.e., working overtime without getting paid and being treated with disrespect, you may be entitled to receive benefits.
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You can collect unemployment benefits if you resign "for good cause attributable to the work." Courts found that "good cause" existed where the employer put an employee under unfair and unreasonable stress or failed to compensate according to the law. I would recommend that you schedule a consultation with an experienced employment attorney to prepare for the fact finding interview.
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