My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California
I'll try to keep this simple.
I left my job after about a year of a huge amount of stress. This was after having visited a psychiatrist regularly and working with him to deal with the stress (among other things). Since I left voluntarily, they did a telephone interview, and I tried to explain to them that I left due to health problems from stress, but I'm afraid I wasn't as clear as I should have been, I guess, because they denied the claim. I mentioned during the interview that I felt like I was going to get fired and I didn't want that. That is what he latched onto, and used that to deny the claim.
Firstly, California law does provide for leaving a job due to health problems and getting unemployment. However, I'm not sure if the doctor remembers ever making that recommendation, since it was a while ago. I guess I'll have to contact him and ask for some kind of testimony for the appeal.
I have one other possible avenue of appeal, which is that they were assigning me work outside of my normal scope of work. However this one seems much more tenuous. Basically I'm a graphic designer, and the work they were assigning me to do involved working with databases, which is outside of my normal work.
Secondly, I discussed all of this before I quit with the HR manager, who assured me that if I filed for unemployment they wouldn't contest it. So I'm kind of surprised that I even got denied, although they may have never called the company, instead deciding that I just didn't qualify.
So during the appeal process, any advice for what I should say? Apparently the employer is supposed to appear during this hearing also. What if they just don't show up to contest it?
Thanks in advance.