Can I collect unemployment if I was fired for violating a new company policy/rule that I was never made aware of?

I was terminated from my job for violating a new company policy/ rule that I was not made aware of. I went on vacation for 5 days out of state and when I

came back the next day I was called into my manager’s office. She advised me that they were terminating me due to not following this new policy that I was not aware of, and did not sign or see anything with new said policy. I have filed for unemployment but would like to know the odds of my receiving it.

Asked on November 19, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

We cannot say for certain what will happen, since we are not the unemployment examiner or official who will decide your case, but you have stated a very reasonable argument for receiving unemployment. You don't get unemployment when you are fired "for cause," which is basically for doing something wrong; you can't do something wrong if you had no reason to possibly know you should not do it, such as if a policy was new and notice of it never provided. Certainly, you could be fired, but since you should be blameless in violating a policy of which you were unaware, you should be eligible for unemployment.


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