Can I collect unemployment if I’ve been suspended from my job without pay?

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Can I collect unemployment if I’ve been suspended from my job without pay?

I got a call from my employer and they told me that another co-worker had reported me for verbally abusing a resident and it never happened it was the person that had reported me that was abusing them it is hearsay around the facility. I have been at my place of employment for just under a year. I would never abuse anyone I just would like to know what I need to do if I can file for unemployment or not.

Asked on July 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A worker is eligible for unemployment benefits if they are separated from employment through no fault of their own. In most states, if you get suspended for any reason other than for a layoff, the department will review the case to determine your eligibility. You may qualify for unemployment benefits during a suspension depending on why you were suspended (you must also meet certain other requirements). If the suspension is determined to be your fault, the unemployment department will most likely deny you benefits. Therefore if it resulted from misconduct or violation of company policy, you will be ineligible. Basically, you'll ned to file and then explain your side of things.


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