If Iwas told from my employer that they don’t have anymore workfor me but I am not fired, what can I do?

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, District of Columbia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You may be able to receive unemployment benefits. Employees can receive these (if otherwise eligible--i.e. they've worked enough) if they were "constructively"--or effectively--fired, even if they were never officially terminated. Depending on the exact circumstances, what exactly was said, etc., it may be you have been effectively fired. It would be worthwhile for you to contact the unemployment insurance office and file a claim for benefits if you still do not have work. As long as you are fully honest in your application, even if you are turned down, you should not suffer any negative consequences.

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