What is the name of your state? California
I live in California and recently had to quit my job after almost 1 1/2 years due to a 2 1/2 hour commute each way or 5 - 6 hrs per day depending on traffic. The reason we had to move was my father-in-law passed away and we had to take over his mortgage payments on his home in Ione, CA. Unfortunately the home is in probate due to death taxes we owe of over $10,000 so we could not sell the house (and still can't) and could not afford to pay rent where we were living and still pay the mortgage so we were forced to move here and make the best of it.
I attempted to keep working for 6 months however my position as Director of Network Operations required me to be available 24/7 and to be able to respond in a timely manor to any emergency. The company I worked for even tried letting me work from home but that created too many issues with my direct employees not being supervised enough and so in the end it was agreed that it would be best for us both if I left the company.
Also as a side note, I have a bad back with a herniated disk and the drive was not healthy for my back and I have a doctor's note to that affect.
I explained all of this to the person who interviewed me on the phone and I thought there would be no problem as I am pretty sure that commuting distance is one of the mitigating factors that can approve a claim, so I am not clear why I was turned down. Unless they are hoping I will just quit and not file an appeal which I am writing write now.
Can anyone help with advice o whether I should be approved for benefits or not or whther I have a chance?