Can I Collect Unemployment Benefits if I Was Fired?

If you have been terminated from your job, you may be wondering, “Can I collect unemployment benefits if I was fired?” Watch this video to learn more.

Question:

Can I collect unemployment benefits if I was fired?

Answer:

One issues that comes up when an employee was terminated is whether or not they can collect unemployment benefits. In California, the standard as to whether or not you can file for unemployment benefits is actually a pretty employee-friendly standard that relates to whether or not you engaged in misconduct while at work. That standard is going to be read rather narrowly. Just because you got terminated from your employment, doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to unemployment benefits.

If you’ve been terminated, Can I Collect Unemployment Benefits if I Was Fired? especially if you’ve been terminated for what you believe is an unlawful conduct, it’s important for you to still apply for unemployment. I would encourage you, if you file for unemployment, to talk to an attorney before you do that. If you already had and there’s an interview coming up, and they want to interview as to the reasons for your termination, you at least have the advice of counsel as to what you may focus in on or not focus in on. The fact that they tell you this is the reason that you’re being terminated isn’t necessarily the reason that you believe that you were terminated. If you need assistance in articulating to the unemployment board as to why you’re entitled to unemployment benefits, feel free to give us a call, especially if you’ve been terminated for what you believe is an unlawful reason.


Are you or a loved one in the process of filing an employment claim in California and are wondering “Can I collect unemployment benefits if I was fired?” Contact the experienced California employment law attorneys at the Myers Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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