Can I receive unemployment if I was fired or suspended?

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Unemployment eligibility when you're fired

Unemployment benefits are not available to all workers. Workers who were fired for willful misconduct are not eligible for benefits. CTDOL recommends filing for benefits even if you think you may not be eligible as applications are approved on a case-by-case basis.


You are not eligible for unemployment benefits if:

  • You left your job for reasons unrelated to work, unless it was for a reason specified in law
  • You are unauthorized to work in the U.S.
  • You were fired for willful misconduct
  • You are self-employed full time
  • You receive Workers’ Compensation (unless  you are receiving workers’ compensation for temporary partial incapacity for a given week in an amount less than your weekly benefit rate – in that event the Administrator shall deduct such payment from  your weekly benefit amount for that week dollar for dollar.)


Visit the Claimant’s Guide for additional information.


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