My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: PA
There are several aspects of my workplace that make it very unsanitary and unsafe. While I have been actively job searching to try and get out of there as soon as possible, it has gotten to the point where I am contemplating resigning and trying to claim unemployment. However, I can't afford to quit without another job lined up, so I would only quit if there is a high chance I could get unemployment. I am aware it is extremely difficult to get unemployment if you voluntarily leave a job, so I wanted to see if my situation would be determined a "necessitous and compelling" reason to resign. If I do not stand a chance of getting UC, I would need to stay until I find another job.
There has been black mold at my workplace for over 6 months. It is so humid in our employee bathroom that I physically gag when I need to use it. I don't have a chronic condition like asthma exacerbated by mold, but I have noticed myself getting sick more frequently than I ever have; whether the mold plays a part in that, I do not know. Management was informed about the mold and it was never fully remediated. Our maintenance team was seen painting over the black mold, rather than hiring a mold remediation team. No matter how many staff members bring it up, they have not taken appropriate steps to treat the mold, and now it is spread to multiple rooms in my workplace.
There also is a bed bug infestation. This is a healthcare facility where patients who may lead unsanitary lives come for treatment, however, extermination teams have not sprayed in a timely manner.
Finally, the drop ceiling tiles are unstable. One of my coworkers was hit with a large falling ceiling tile that collapsed due to saturation with water and mildew. Plaster showered all over the room and on my coworker. I am concerned more ceiling tiles may be unstable, because there are others that also are saturated with water due to a leak. This was reported, and while maintenance cleaned up the fallen plaster, the other ceiling tiles were never replaced and the leak was never repaired.
Do I stand a chance at getting unemployment if I resign, or am I better off just dealing with the safety risks until I find another job?
I will also add that my employer is known to contest unemployment claims (even in straightforward cases, like when several people in a department were laid off for budgetary reasons).