I was recently denied CA Unemployment because of voluntarily quitting without
good cause as detailed in Section 1256. I had to relocate to Utah due to family
issues which my husband and I felt constituted an emergency, but there are
several factors, and I am wondering which to highlight in my appeal. We had to
suddenly leave because:
1) My husband had to withdraw from school because of health problems and so his
funding was withdrawn, leaving us unable to pay rent so we had to leave
immediately and without any funds for a new apartment. There were no relatives
or friends in CA we could stay with; the only friend who could offer us a
rent-free place to stay for a couple of months was in Utah.
2) Our car suddenly broke down and was not worth the expense of repairing,
leaving us in even more financial straits, and so we would need to stay with a
friend who could help take us places until we could afford to buy another car.
3) My husband's son who lives with his grandmother several hours away became
ill and my husband felt the need to spend some time with him, in a city in CA
several hours away but on the way to Utah. So we spent a couple of weeks with
him before leaving the state of CA.
4) My husband has been unemployed for over a year and had been unable to find
work in CA, but a friend offered him a full time position in UT, which would
also provide health insurance to address his health issues.
When I left my job, I spoke with my manager and human resources in person. They
suggested a leave of absence but because I would not be returning to CA they
said I would not be able to do that. I asked if I could transfer to another
location, as it is a retail store which is in many parts of the country, and
they said they could not help me with that. I told them I was leaving due to a
'family emergency', and seemed to accept that on good faith without question,
and did not ask me to explain the circumstances.
When I had my EDD telephone interview, I was told that my former employer had
informed them that I had told some fellow employees that I was leaving. This is
untrue; I may have mentioned that we were thinking about relocating to my home
state of North Carolina sometime in the future because I miss it, but nothing
more than that. I have the impression that my former employer misinformed EDD
about my leaving; and that instead of asking me for reasons why they rather
Its a complicated situation, and I know that for an appeal they will want
simple, straightforward reasons. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,