Can I receive unemployment if I was suspension pending investigation?

Asked on August 31, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, because while the investigation is pending, there has been no determination that you did anything wrongful. However, if you are later terminated or fired "for cause" (for violating policy or supervisor instructions, for unexcused absences or lateness, for insuborination, for anything criminal, etc.) you would have to repay any unemployment, because you will have been retroactively ineligible for it (people fired "for cause" cannot receive unemployment benefits).

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