If you are fired, can you collect unemployment benefits?

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If you are fired, can you collect unemployment benefits?

My S.O. was fired today from his job without warning. He had to track down his supervisor via phone to even get an “explanation”. I understand that employers are unable to fire employees without reason or warning; how will this effect an unemployment claim? He left a job last year to take this position and has now been fired wwith a flimsy reason that he had to seek out.

Asked on January 3, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for the situation.  The general rule is that if you are an "employee at will" - with out a contract or written agreement in place - then you can be let go with out warning or any reason what so ever.  And as long as the reason is not one that would be considered as his "fault" - like what they say "for cause" such as stealing, etc., - then he can collect unemployment.  "through no fault of your own" is the phrase.  Good luck.


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