Our New Jersey employment law office routinely receives inquiries from unemployed workers who are denied their claim for unemployment benefits after needing to leave their job as a result of a medical condition. In some situations, the worker should be entitled to unemployment benefits, while in others, they should not receive them. The answer to this inquiry is not always straight forward.
A worker must show that although they can no longer perform their current job because of the medical condition, they are able to medically work in another job position. In other words, they are not disabled. Instead, they have a medical condition that prevents them from performing the essential functions of their current employment.
Under New Jersey Unemployment Law, a person will be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits if he or she leaves work voluntarily and without good cause attributable to such work. The burden is on the unemployed worker to prove he or she left their employment for good cause attributable to such work. Good cause attributable to the work has been defined as cause sufficient to justify the employee’s voluntarily leaving the ranks of the employed and joining the ranks of the unemployed.