Can I still receive unemployment if I’m guilty of stealing from my former employer?

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Can I still receive unemployment if I’m guilty of stealing from my former employer?

I took about $30 from my employer and paid it back. He has it on camera. Can I still receive unemployment benefits?

Asked on February 20, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you paid the money back is not the issue. Rather, it's the fact that you stole in the first place. Accordingly, since you were caught stealing, your employer had "cause" to fire you for the theft. And if an employee is discharged for cause, they are ineligible to collect unemployment benefits.


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