Reasonable Standard for Employee Disqualification
A commercial driver was denied unemployment compensation after he left his job. He had suffered from a severe work-related accident involving a fatality that was not his fault. As a result, he was diagnosed with PTSD and voluntarily left his employment. Following multiple unsuccessful appeals, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in his favor. The court considered it a matter of first impression in deciding whether an employee who suffers work-related PTSD can show good cause for his voluntary termination. The court found an employee who voluntarily quits is to be disqualified unless he can show the employer had changed the terms and conditions of work in a manner the employee, applying the judgment of a reasonable person, would not be expected to continue that employment.