Can I get unemployment compensation if I was suspended from my job?

Asked on October 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An employee is eligible for unemployment compensation if they are separated from their job due to no fault of their own. Typically, if a worker gets suspended (or teminated) for any reason other than a lack of work, their case will be reviewed for eligibility. They may be eligible for benefits depending on why they were suspended (or terminated). If the suspension (or termination) was their fault, then the unemployment department will deny benefits. So for example, if they do not qualify for benefits if their suspension (or termination) resulted from a violation of company policy, then their misconduct will render them ineligible for unemployment compensation.

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