Is a terminated employee eligible for unemployment?

Author: James O'Keefe, The Seabreeze Group LLC

Yes. In general, unemployment benefits are available to a former employee who is out of work through no fault of his or her own. A terminated employee may be eligible for unemployment benefits if he or she was terminated for reasons beyond his or her control, such as a workforce reduction. A terminated employee may also be eligible for unemployment benefits if he or she was terminated for performance-based problems or lack of good judgment.

If an employee is terminated for a reason that might be considered misconduct, such as fighting on the job, theft or abusing drugs or alcohol on the job, he or she is generally not eligible for unemployment benefits; or, at the very least, the employee will usually be subject to some type of disqualification period.