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What If I’m Denied?

Know your rights if you're told your unemployment benefits are about to end.

Each state Unemployment Insurance Program makes its own decisions about workers’ eligibility for benefits. There are many reasons for denying benefit payments; some of the most common are:

  • Voluntarily leaving work without good cause. Benefit payments can be paid if you quit under certain circumstances depending on your state's laws.
  • Being discharged for misconduct connected with work. Misconduct is an intentional or controllable act or failure to take action, which shows a deliberate disregard of the employer's interests.
  • Not being able to work or available for work. You must be able, ready and willing to accept a suitable job.
  • Refusing an offer of suitable work.
  • Knowingly making false statements to obtain benefit payments.

If you are disqualified or denied benefits, you have the right to file an appeal. Your employer may also appeal a determination if he/she does not agree with the state's determination regarding your eligibility. You must file your appeal within an established time frame. Find out how to file an appeal in your state by selecting your state in the box below.




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