What to do if I had a felony arrest which had nothing to do with my place of employment but I was subsequently terminated for it?

Can my ex-employer stop me from collecting unemployment benefits?

Asked on September 7, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Employment in Arkansas is "employment at will"; you may therefore be fired for any reason, so long as the firing is not discrimination against a protected category (e.g. against you due to your race, religion, age over 40, disability, or sex) or for using a protected benefit (e.g. FMLA leave) or filing a protected claim (such as for overtime). Therefore, it appears you can be terminated for this reason. The termination for not, however, be "for cause," so you should still be eligible for unemployment benefits.

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