Post # 1
Let me start off by saying that I loathe people who do stuff like this because they’re lazy or uncooperative and just don’t want to work.
I really do NOT want to do this. I want to be a “good girl” and a “model employee” and stick it out/suck it up, discreetly find a new job, give my 2 weeks notice, and leave quietly.
But my job is literally making me sick.
The building is old as hell and leaks everywhere and there is a constant mold smell. I have bad allergies but I have been sick THREE times in THREE months and it’s always at its worst when I come home from work after sitting there all day. The owner had a restoration company come and test the air because I complained, but they CLAIM the air is fine. BULL SHIT.
I am on call 1 weekend a month and every Monday. I get stupid calls in the middle of the night and I can’t fall back asleep. My sleep schedule is a mess to the point where I am constantly exhausted and sick with headaches, etc.
I am so stressed out I barely have an appetite and am anxious all the time. My neck and shoulders are constantly in knots no matter how many massages I do. I feel like I’m having a 24/7/365 panic attack because of work related stuff. I am literally, like, shaking the entire time I’m at the office. And when I’m home for the night or weekend, by the time I wind down, it’s time to go back to that hell hole.
On a daily basis, the owner and managers make decisions that are only based on money and nothing else. We piss off so many customers every day because we have to cancel on them — and who gets the pleasure of doing that? ME. And when I raise concerns, they literally shrug and sometimes even laugh and say “that’s just the way it goes.”
I’m sorry but I cannot support that mindset personally or professionally. If I did not have a wedding and mortgage in the works I would have walked out that door a long time ago.
But since my health is being affected so badly I am seriously considering quitting and just filing for unemployment due to “unfit” work environment or something.
Post # 3
I didn’t even think you were able to collect unemployment if you voluntarily quit. It would seem like your best bet would be to seek out new employment and then quit your job. Even if you have to take a pay cut just to get out, it would probably still be right around as much as you’d get on unemployment.
Post # 4
I think you should just try to find a new job. Don’t quit though. Be patient and something will hopefully come through 😀
Post # 5
I would def look for a new job and not quit. I dont think you can collect. As far as your work conditions go, file a complaint with osha.
Post # 6
I am going to go against PPs and say that you should quit. But I would only quit if you can afford to. Is your FI’s income able to support the both of you? If worse comes to worst, you can pick up a retail or waitressing job until you get back on your feet? I don’t think ANYONE should be miserable at a job. Especially if it affects their health – physically or mentally. You have to do what is best for you
ETA: I don’t think you can file for unemployment. I’m pretty sure you can only file if you have been laid off and in some cases, fired. It depends if your employer agrees to unemployment if you have been fired
Post # 7
I’m sorry you are dealing with this. I wish I had an answer but I am dealing with the same “unfit” work environment. The only thing that keeps me going is my constant job search and the feeling that one day I can go into the office with my 2 weeks notice.
I know that the Department of Labor’s Worker’s Compensation Program may be able to help you. If you read up on it, it may be able to provide compensation for your illnesses and associated expenses if they are deemed to be work related. Although not a cure for the job itself, many of your expenses may be compensible.
Does your employer have an Employee Assistance Program that perhaps you could go talk to someone and figure out ways to manage the anxiety and stress?
I have done this numerous times for my job and it’s amazing how much just venting to someone can help and they gave me great coping mechanisms to deal with the stress.
I hope you find some relief soon.
Post # 8
I think you’re just going to have to do what everyone else does when they hate their job, go guns blazing trying to find another, then quit.
Post # 9
I would suggest contacting your province’s Work Safe commission. (Here it’s WorkSafe NB). File a complain annonymously that there are unhealthy work conditions. They will HAVE to follow up.
They have the authority to demand testing/get the results and can shut the palce down if it’s unsafe to work in.
EDIT: I don’t think you’ll be able to claim EI if you quit. I’ve only heard of one case of this, and she got paid EI because they interviewed the boss/co workers and determined that it was a harrassing work situation…this was my replacement who left 8 weeks after I found a new job.
Post # 10
you can’t get unemployment because you are quitting. I would suggest calling the health dept and reporting them
Post # 11
I would start searching for another job, take the first thing that comes up and then leave. Once you are at the new job, you can always keep looking for something else that pays like your old one did and eventually go where you will be happy.
I am about 99% sure you cant just “quit” and collect anything.
Post # 12
Don’t be so quick to walk out, because of almost any reason you deem to be the cause for your quitting, unemployment will not pay you. The employer will fight you on it, and unless and until you have documentaion about any injuries you’ve suffered that MIGHT be work related, you won’t get a thing.
Workman’s Comp. is also not pleasant and not a given, and you’ll need an attorney to walk you through it and send you to 9 million Drs. to get one or some of them to say your injuries were caused by your work environment. The opposing side will do exactly the same, and you’ll spend the next 5 years trying to be compensated IF they decide to give you any money at all.
I’d be looking for another job and then give your notice.
Post # 13
Call your state’s unemployment compensation department. My state says we still may be eligible for unemployment if we quit do to an unsafe work environment. Start documenting your sickness, what they’ve done, etc and call and see if you have a case.
Post # 14
Wow that sucks….sorry you have to deal With that. You should be able to go on disability if you explain (&emphasize) the anxiety to your doctor. Then maybe you can use the time off to find another job…good luck!!
Post # 15
If you are really getting this sick you really should quit!
I note your post is from a while ago.. are you still in the same job?
I feel so terrible for you> I know exactly what it is liek to feel constantly on edge at work. It completely destroys your enjoyment of life.
Post # 16
In PA (If you live there), you can claim unemployment only if you lose your job under no fault of your own. Quitting does not fall under this.