Several reasons. Since January this year, I had been told (separately) by both owners of the company that "you're too expensive", "when are you leaving", "we won't hold you back if you want to go". This is because business had slowed so much my salary was nearly equal to one months net revenue. I was the highest paid employee they had (I was the store manager their highest grossing retail outlet - they have 5 stores in Los Angeles). The first week of September I talked to the company president (one of the two owners)and told him I could leave. He said he would lay me off. We agreed I would leave at the end of September. I gave notice at my apartment, I sold or gave away most of my belongings - including all my furniture - and I made arrangements to move up to Oregon and live with my mother until I found a job. I knew I wouldn't be able to afford Los Angeles anymore and she wasn't going to charge me rent. A week before I left the company, I called the company president and asked him for a written notice of my lay-off. He first said he had changed his mind as he (he said) "just found out the reserve account would be charged" if he laid me off. I strongly disagreed that he was just coming into this knowledge as 1)the company has been in business since 1982, and 2) I have known and worked for both owners for much of the last 25 years and know well the tactics they've used to avoid paying unemployment
so they could avoid having the charge applied.
In June, I asked for my 2-week vacation pay (due in April) and was told by the company president that they couldn't afford to pay me for my vacation time. He gave me a check for $600; I was due $1523. He also took away my vacation benefit and refused to pay my accrued vacation pay from April to June ($253). I have not received money owed to me, and no other company employee lost their 2-week vacation benefit.
As to leaving because of school, I am 50 years old. I have been taking classes at a community college for the past ten years. I do very well in my classes. I get good grades. I have three times made the Dean's Honor List. However, I do not have a transfer
degree. I do not have a high school diploma. I do not have a GED. I take the classes for self-improvement and because I love to learn. I plan on sending a copy of my transcript to EDD showing that I have been going to school while concurrently working full-time for the same company. The company owners have known about me taking classes for the entire ten years. I will be taking more classes at a community college here in Oregon after I get a job and can afford school. Having a job that paid me enough to afford the $26 per unit class fees in California was one of the reasons I stayed so long at the company. I now live in Oregon, am as yet jobless, and can't afford the $74 per unit tuition at an Oregon community college.