Legal Information: North Carolina

Workplace Protections

April 23, 2021

If I need to quit my job due to domestic violence, can I get unemployment benefits?

Normally if a person quits her job, s/he would not be eligible for unemployment benefits but there is an exception for victims of domestic violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence and you believe that continued employment will put you or your family in immediate danger, you can quit and still be eligible for unemployment benefits if you can provide evidence of domestic violence including: (i) law enforcement, court, or federal agency records or files; (ii) documentation from a domestic violence or sexual assault program if you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault; or (iii) documentation from a religious, medical, or other professional who you went to for help in dealing with the domestic violence.1 Unlike the above laws explained on the rest of this page, it is not required that you have a protective order to qualify for these unemployment benefits.

1 NCGS § 96-14(1)(f)

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