If I’ve been collecting unemployement and took a job for 2 days but it was unsuitable, will I lose my benefits?

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If I’ve been collecting unemployement and took a job for 2 days but it was unsuitable, will I lose my benefits?

After 2 days I realized it was unsuitable and I left. Now unemployement wants to do a fact finding interview because they think I committed fraud, saying I was offered a job and should not get unemployment any more. But I did not stay with the job.

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You may well lose your unemployment. Unemployed people are expected, to retain their eligibility for unemployment compensation, to take any suitable job. "Suitability" is determined on the basis of level and skills required--if the level of the job (including pay) was at all like what you had previously done and if you could do the job, then it would generally be considered "suitable" for this purpose. And if the unemployment office considers it suitable but you left it voluntarily, that could terminate your right to benefits.


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