Question: Can I Collect Unemployment if I am Fired?
If you were fired from your job you may be eligible for unemployment, depending on the circumstances. If you were fired because the job wasn't a good fit, because your position was terminated because of company cut-backs, or because of reasons like poor performance on the job, for example, you may qualify for unemployment benefits.
When you are fired for misconduct (also known as terminated for cause) you may not be eligible for unemployment compensation. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, stealing, lying, failing a drug or alcohol test, falsifying records, deliberately violating company policy or rules, and other serious actions related to your employment.
Eligibility requirements to qualify for unemployment vary from state to state.
If you have been fired from your job and you are not sure whether you're eligible for unemployment, check with your state unemployment office to determine your eligibility for unemployment compensation.
How to File an Unemployment Appeal
If your unemployment claim is denied by the state unemployment department or contested by your employer, you have the right to appeal the denial of your unemployment claim. Here's how to file an unemployment appeal.
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