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What if I had just cause for quitting?

If you can prove you had just cause for quitting your job, then you can get EI. There are many different situations that could be just cause for quitting. Here are some examples:

  • you were sexually harassed, or harassed in another way
  • you need to go with your spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child who has to move away
  • you were discriminated against because of race, colour, sex (which includes discrimination because of pregnancy or childbirth), national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, age, or conviction for a crime if you have received a pardon or record suspension
  • you were discriminated against because you belonged to a union
  • you were expected to work in dangerous conditions
  • you were reasonably sure you would start another job right away
  • your wages were significantly reduced, or there were major changes to your duties
  • you were not paid for overtime worked, or were forced to work excessive overtime
  • your supervisor was unfair or hostile to you for no good reason
  • your employer was doing something illegal
  • your employer pressured you to leave your job
  • you had to care for your child or other close family member

None of the examples listed will automatically be considered just cause to quit. And there could be other acceptable reasons for leaving your job.

It is best to get legal advice before you quit your job for any reason. See Where can I get help?