I'm terribly depressed, I cry daily going in to work because I know it will be another day of torment from my coworker and bullying boss. I've been written up for not helping by coworker even though I am a hard worker/good employee, do what I'm supposed to do, and get along with everyone else at work. I feel targeted.
I've complained but got no response. I am a single mom with a child who has learning disabilities and health issues. I need income and insurance but I can't take the stress and hostility anymore. I have some health issues myself and the stress makes it worse.
If I quit, can I apply for unemployment? Just until I can find another job - to keep me sane and to able to support myself and my child. What recourse do I have?
I'm sorry to hear about the situation you are in. It is possible, although more difficult, to get unemployment even though you quit your job. You should document the bullying you are experiencing to your HR department. Odds are, if you quit and seek unemployment, your employer will fight it and will use your write-ups against you. If they or you appeal, your unemployment benefits process could be lengthy. You may have found another job by the time the final decision comes down.
I highly recommend that, before you make a decision to quit, you contact your local Texas Workforce Commission. They have people that see these issues daily and may be able to shed some more light on this issue for you. Also, the Texas Workforce Commission website has a very detailed section on the unemployment process in Texas.
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If you were forced to quit due to harassment, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. As the previous poster said, document all examples and your attempts to correct the harassment. There are unemployment hearing opinions which are public that you can access to get a sense of what the standard has become, and you could quote these during a hearing, if needed. best of luck.
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