If you have lost your job due to being fired and you feel that you may have been fired unjustly, it is your right to be allowed to go to your local Employment office and put in a claim for unemployment benefits. No one likes to lose a job and to lose one unfairly makes the stress of the situation even harder for the individual that was fired. So don’t be afraid to see if you qualify for unemployment benefits.

Job seekers can however; can be considered not qualified for the benefits for a variety of different reasons. However; your old employer does have to prove you were let go for some sort of misconduct which happened on the job, for example you may have missed work without letting anyone know or without just cause and this needs to have happened at least three different times within a twelve month time span.

Other things that might disqualify you would be that you committed a felony while you were working for the company or you were found stealing from them.

You are not going to know if you qualify or don’t if you don’t file a claim for unemployment insurance. It depends upon your state how you can file but some will simply let you do it by phone or you can apply for your benefits online, so make sure you find out from your local office what their procedure is.

The information that you are going to need will include your address where your bills are mailed, your phone number, your Social Security number as well as a driver’s license or state ID number.

You will also have to provide them with the name of your last employer, their phone number, their address, the dates you worked for them and how much you made while you worked for them.

You will also have to provide them with the reason why you are no longer employed with this company. If for some reason you are denied, you can file an appeal.

Remember, when you get fired, it is not your job to prove your innocence, it is your old employer’s burden to prove that you defiantly broke one or more of their rules or policies. Sometimes when there are further questions that need to be answered there will be a hearing to determine if you should get benefits.

You old employer will be told about the hearing and will be asked to attend. They can come or can just send in a statement if they don’t want to be at the hearing.

If you were let go because you simply were not able to keep up with the performance or the production ideals of the employer, this will not be held against you by the Employment Office and they will go no further except for to qualify for your benefits, even if the employer should consider protesting it.

There are other matters in which a person could be fired that the Employment Office might consider unreasonable grounds for dismissal. For instance most Employment Offices frown upon people being fired over family issues.

Note: Do not hesitate to file your claim no matter what reason you were fired for. There is a waiting period so the sooner you file the sooner you will see if you qualify and the sooner you will receive your benefits.

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