If I Was Fired for Cause, Can I Collect Unemployment?
Termination for cause does not necessarily disqualify you from receiving unemployment in Massachusetts.
The only disqualifying reasons involve deliberate misconduct. Specifically, if you are fired for intentional behavior against the employer's interests, they may contest your benefits.
Additionally, you can be disqualified if you were fired for a violation of a clear and uniformly enforced policy. Examples of these reasons include simply not showing up for work without a reason, violating a clear safety policy, falsifying time records, or stealing from the company.
You will generally still be eligible for benefits if you were fired other reasons. For example, poor performance, employee negligence, or absence or tardiness for legitimate reasons do not disqualify you from benefits.
If your employer contests your benefits and claims that you were fired for cause, an employment attorney can help review your personnel record and dispute that contention at your appeal hearing.
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