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Legal Information: New York

Workplace Protections

November 9, 2020

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

Possibly, yes. Although normally if a person quits his/her job, s/he would not be eligible for unemployment benefits, there is an exception for domestic violence victims. 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 still be eligible for unemployment benefits if you have to quit your job as long as you can provide “reasonable documentation” of the domestic violence to back up your fear.1

1 NY Labor Law § 593(1)(b)(i)