I recently quit my job because of sexual harassment and discrimination. I applied for UI immediately afterwards and cited my reasons for quitting. Unfortunately, the UI dept. in my state (MN) told me I am ineligible for benefits because I didn't complain to my employer about the harassment or abuse and therefore I did not have a good reason caused by my employer to quit.
I plan to appeal this decision, but first I would like to know if there is a law or rule somewhere that says sexual harassment or abuse allegations made to the UI dept. are only legitimate if I first complained to my employer before quitting?
Here's a little background on my former workplace: It is a very small company consisting of 13 employees. There is no human resources dept. or person designated with a human resources title. My supervisor was on maternity leave the entire time I worked there, the manager WAS the abuser, and the owner/president of the company worked very closely with the manager. I felt I had no one to go to with my issues.
For my UI claim to be denied makes it seem the behavior I had to endure is permissible. Because I failed to complain or try to stop the behavior I'm in the wrong. Please let me know if there is any recourse I may pursue.
Thank you so much.