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Can I Collect Unemployment If I Was Fired?

If you were recently fired from your job, you may be worried about how you are going to continue paying your bills while you look for new work. Getting fired from your place of work can be emotionally stressful as it is, so it is important to maintain a sense of stability while you get back on your feet. Thankfully, unemployment exists for this exact reason. Contrary to popular belief, there are still times when an individual can collect unemployment even if they were fired and not just laid-off or let go. This depends on several factors and it is important to get the facts if you or a loved one is facing this predicament. Keep reading to learn more about unemployment variables and get an idea of whether or not you will qualify for unemployment.

Why Were You Fired in the First Place?

The first step is to understand why you were fired in the first place. Unfortunately, Arizona operates through the legal mentality of “at-will employment.” This makes it easier to fire employees than in other states across America. If your employer fired you because you did not have the skills necessary to complete your job tasks, the state will most likely provide you with unemployment. Getting fired for failing a drug test or inappropriate behavior in the workplace may lead the state to decide against granting unemployment.

Understanding Unemployment Pay

Even if you are granted unemployment, you will probably wonder how long it will last for and how much money you will receive. Generally, this is dependent on your past salary. Unemployment is meant to only be temporary while the individual actively searches for a new job.

Inquire About Severance Packages

Do not be afraid to ask your former workplace if they can provide you with a severance package if you have recently been fired. Although severance packages are usually reserved for large company layoffs, some companies will provide a fired employee severance pay to avoid legal repercussions including wrongful termination.

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