My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California
My employer denied my unemployment benefits, they said i voluntarily terminated my employment. In reality i hurt my back and my doctor took me off work temporarily for a month, but said my condition was not conducive to the type of work environment i was in but was not sure how long i would need for recovery. When i relayed this to my job, at the time we were understaffed, and i knew that they would be forced to to find at the very least a temporary replacement. I signed a paper stating that i was no longer with the company, which was due to injury, but i cant remember the exact wording on the paper .
My boss is claiming that i was going to quit anyways to pursue my education, which is only partially true i did not want to QUIT to go back to school, i only wanted to modify my schedule to go back to school.
Not to mention while i was on disability my company was raided by the FBI, and the owner was put under federal investigation, and the local newspapers said that their contract was terminated and they no longer existed, they are not listed under a completely different name. How do you return to a place that no longer exists? They now operate under a new name and new management.
I know the EDD website says there are some reasons that a voluntary quit is not means for being denied UI, but in the end there is that piece of paper and my word against my boss' about me wanting to quit, but I never gave notice of quitting and the fact that i was under teh impression that the company no longer existed.
So what are my chances of winning my appeal and receiving my UI benefits?