Indiana Unemployment If You Get Fired

Generally, in Indiana you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment.

In most cases, this means that if you get fired, you cannot collect unemployment benefits.

If you get fired from your job, you should go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits, because there are some cases where you can be fired from your job and still get benefits.

If you feel like you were fired unfairly, or there were extenuating circumstances, be sure to tell you unemployment counselor about them. If your unemployment application is denied because you were fired, you also have the right to appeal the decision.

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# JAMIE 2010-11-17 10:32
I am a truck driver. While leaving our parking lot I damaged their property by hitting an outside electric post. I have been given the rest of the week without pay and told that I decision of my employment will be made the following week. I have worked there for over 8 years. Should I file for unemployment now since I will be off for a week or wait until I hear of their decision?
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# rhonda s. 2010-12-26 21:35
can I receive Unemployment Benefits if the organization was a non-profit(Salvatio n Army)?
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# Paula 2011-01-14 09:43
I had a dr appointment and my work was advised in advance about it but they fired me for going to it. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# Laura 2011-03-28 17:02
Due to a car accident and then surgery I have been told by my employeer that if I miss work again due to illness I will be fired. I haven't worked a year yet to be eligible for family leave act. I'm worried because the flu is going around the clinic. If I am fired due to too many abscenses (all medical) can I draw unemployment? Thanks
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# Paula 2011-04-21 21:40
I was fired 8 weeks ago. I applied for unemployment and the employer denied it. I filed an appeal. The hearing was supposed to be 2 weeks ago over the phone. The morning of the hearing the judge called and said the employer requested it be held in person instead. That was the last I heard about it. The same employer called me last friday and asked if I would consider coming back to work. They hired me back yesterday and I started today. Do I have a right to the weeks of unemployment they fought considering they fired me and then re-hired me?
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# Cindi 2011-11-12 18:02
I was fired from my job in September. The reason was unclear, and the circumstances that led up to it even more confusing. I had been with the company for over 15 months, received excellent performance reviews until I received a promotion. The company interviewed candidates for the position I vacated, and I learned that they found someone within the company that held a degree in the field, and really wanted to employ him, but had already committed to someone else. About half way through the training process, I received a surprise performance review based on the position I was training for, even though it was still above average, it wasn't a true reflection on my ability of doing my job. I took it to our HR department with my concerns and opted not to sign the review until I was given a satisfactory answer to why the sudden review, and why it was based on the position I was training for and not the one I had held for over a year. Within 5 weeks of my meeting with HR, I received a written reprimand for 'lack of performance' with and the things listed within that report were untrue, and noted at the end that if I didn't show 'marked improvement' within 2 weeks I would be terminated. I was stunned to say the least. Since there were no clear goals I needed to make an improvement on, I knew my fate was pretty much sealed. I wrote my response to the write up, and 2 weeks later was let go for 'bad mouthing' my supervisor within the department, even though I never did that. I did share with a co-worker the write up and that I did believe that I was going to be let go at the end of that week. I have applied for benefits and still haven't heard anything. What am I supposed to do? Jobs are hard to come by the way it is, and now with this firing on my employment record I'm farther away from securing a job than most. I have been waiting for a 'determination from the judiciary committee' for 7 weeks now, and still haven't heard anything.
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# Cindi 2011-12-13 16:22
well, 12 weeks later, I finally got denied my benefits, stating I voilated company policy. According to the unemployment office, I'm not allowed to know what the company submitted to them, unless and until I file the appeal and have the hearing set. How am I supposed to defend myself if I don't know what 'company policy' I violated? Unfortunately, I left my employee handbook in my desk drawer at work, so I have no clue if the company was to follow the reprimand procedures before terimination or what. I don't know why I"m posting here, it's not like I got any answer from my earlier posting, but, thought I'd give it a shot again anyway...
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# Dawn 2012-12-07 09:58
Hey Cindi, could you tell me how your appeal turned out?
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# Barbara 2011-11-15 16:35
I in the process of being fired. This morning I was working at dispatch and the printer started printing an employee write up form. (The dispatch printer is a share printer with the computer in the breakroom office.) Ny boss came into dispatch and I told him his paper printed. Later this morning I walked into the breakroom office to file some shift documents and I glanced over my boss's shoulder as I walked by saw that he was writing me up. The company that I work for has notoreity that they have their employees work all day then terminate them at the end of the shift. My boss and Lt. asked this other new male employee to go with them to the office and offered him my position. My shift ended at 2:30 and they didn't call me to the breakroom/office. Since I have returned home he said they offered him my job and they were mad that I left at the end of my shift without them terminating me. Once I have the official document in my hand am I entitled for unemployment?
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# Adam 2012-04-02 16:32
I work two part-time jobs, and have had the two jobs for over 8 yrs. Today, while at my 2nd job, I was surprisingly informed that I am being let go. I asked my longtime boss, why, and what had I done wrong? He replied, "oh, you haven't done anything wrong, we've just given you too much work to be able to handle part-time. So we've decided to let you go and bring in a full-time replacement."
So... I'm being fired, even though I have done nothing wrong. I have been with this comapany since it first began doing business, and other than the owner, I am the longest tenured employee on staff. Am I eligible for unemployment, or partial unemployment?
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# aimee 2012-07-19 22:21
so my husband was fierd from his job, he was under the impression that the days he had perviously missed where excused, he was in jail during the 2 days he missed, he missed tues, and weds, and went back to jail on thursday and worked thursday and friday, didnt work that next monday because it was a monday, and the tuesday he was due back at work his employer called the jail and said hes servecs where no longer needed. When i contacted his employer the told me it was due to him being in jail and they didnt want him there on work release. Well i needed proof of termination and i called in today which is 2 months after he was fired they are telling me they can not give me a letter stating why he was fired and that he was fired due to attendence, Do you think he will get unemployment when he is release from prison ( which he had to go to because he was fired from his job insted of staying in the county jail like he would of if he would of had his job) . He will be release on Aug.16th 2012
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# Heather R 2012-08-09 13:54
I was told if I miss work then I will be fired, however I was in a car accident and have medical notes removing me from work for certain periods. I do not qualify for fmla or intermitten leave. If I get fired for attendance but have doctors notes will I be eligible for unemploymennt?
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# Carol 2012-08-27 17:29
I was fired and it's been a month since i filed my claim,my question is how long does employer have to denie my claim and when and how much longer will it be before I know?
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# adam 2013-01-20 01:09
I work 2nd shift as a machinist, my wife works 3rd shift as a mental health nurse. We have two young children ages 5 & 6. Only have one car and I do not have a liscence. My wife has to be @ work @ 11:00 p.m. I don't get off work until 11:30 p.m. this means my wife has to drop kids off with sitter and I have to get ride to get them and ride home for us. My previous ride's car broke down. Now I have no way to get to the sitters house and get home. I have asked everyone on my shift. I could find myself a ride home but not my kids also. I can't leave them @ the sitters house overnight because my oldest child is in school and he would not be able to make it there on time if he stayed overnight @ sitters house. As my wife does not get off work until 9:00 a.m. he has to get on bus @ 7:30 a.m. so basically I have three options. Move to third shift (would not have ride to or from work. No liscence, no overnight sitter available that could get child to school) 2:quit (would not be able to collect unemployment wife makes too little to support us on only her income. 3: get fired due to lack of transportation and babysitter. Is there any way with one of my three options I could qualify for unemployment benefits? Any help woujld be helpful. I forgot to say my wife works 7 days on 7 off so for one week I would be fine for a ride/babysitter. Also, it is the 20th now, the wife starts her 7 days on, on the 23rd. And the next day I miss work. I will be terminated. Any suggestions for me so I don't have to go on a government assistance program. If I can't collect unemployment I'm afraid that is what will happen. Please let me know what you think.
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# DD 2013-03-01 18:53
My employer wants me to agree to a mutual separation date and sign an agreement. My skills and abilities are not a good match for the needs of this position within this organization. Will I be able to get unemployment if I sign this memorandum.
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# Jackie 2013-02-08 21:19
I filed for UE back in November and it was found in my favor and I've been collecting benifits. I received notification today that my former employer is appealing the initial judgement. If I lost the appeal or withdrawl would I be responsible for repayment of benifits? I was fired and he had no documentation against me.
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# Tammy 2013-02-14 05:13
I work for cleaning company we clean a warehouse my manager hired me konwing i had a felony i have quit mmy job that i was at for almost two years for this job i have worked here 5 almost 6 months now he fires me says the company we clean for does not allow felons can i draw unemployment?
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# Travis 2013-02-16 12:21
Hello, my name is Travis and I have an unusual unemployment situation. I've never been fired before and never had any problems or write-ups at any company before. But, I was recently fired because my employer said I did not complete a project in time. However, my direct boss had piled on more work than I could possibly complete in the duration of time required. In addition, I was newer to the position and the industry, but my boss would not give me feedback and training on the issues that I needed help on or help when I asked for it. My question is-how and what should I do and say when filing for unemployment today, Saturday (it’s been a week since fired), to help maximize my chances to receive unemployment? Here is the back-story: I was frankly confused on why my boss was avoiding me for months. Anytime I asked for help and training, he would either ignore the request or be angry that I asked and give me a very brief reply that left me with lots of questions still on how to complete the work I was being asked to accomplish. I worked for a hotel and it was undergoing renovations at the time and our guest-scores were down and our reservations were down. However, my General Manager boss avoided me in person and over the email and would not help me understand how to do the job, or help understand what was a priority, help me with questions that I had, etc. I have numerous emails that I sent him asking for assistance (about a half dozen I forwarded to my personal email account, however there are many more listed within the company email account—I did not forward them because I did not realize what was going on at the time) and I also went to numerous other employees in our hotel and even our sister hotels asking for help. So, there is a clear record of my requests for training and additional help with the job I was asked to do. I also worked a minimum of 43-45 hours a week and sometimes a longer. I worked a minimum of 8 hours a day and sometimes a lot longer. I believe I was terminated because my boss had a lot of pressure coming from his bosses to improve the hotel. I believe I was set-up by my boss as a scapegoat so he could blame the poor performance of the hotel on a "newer employee who was new to the hotel industry and wasn't performing to the standards of my boss." I believe this is why he avoided me for so many months and did not give me proper training to accomplish all that I was being asked to do. I believe I have a legal case for wrongful termination; however I do not want to pursue this case. Instead, I have been aggressively looking for a new job over the last week and I only want to receive unemployment to support my family while I look for a new job. I hope to have a new job soon, but if I cannot find one soon then I will not be able to afford food, bills, rent, etc. I've always been a hard worker, always been successful in every job I've had, and I've never been fired. I just feel like I was set-up by a very shady boss who went out of his way to avoid helping me be successful so he could use me as a scapegoat for low guest scores, low numbers, and renovation problems. What should I do?
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# Daniel B. 2013-03-21 16:52
I am on a job that i have been at for 5 years. I recently got switched to day-shift.i have very little work to do(2-4hrs) Now they are telling me that i need to to "find" things to do.If I just stop going in and let them fired me, will i be eligible for unemployment? The way i see it, they don't have enough work for me to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.. thank you
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# Joe C 2013-04-18 17:58
Been at the company for 20 years. Have different moments, bit only aware of only one write over 5 years ago. Have been told recently he didn't have work for me even though has recently hired new workers and they have worked and not been told there is no work. I can do any of there jobs and have 20 years experience doing it. At the same time time the boss/owner have been personal friends since high school. Was best man in wedding 14 years ago. Was told no one had complaints of my work habits they just don't like me. Was told the crew leader didn't like me. He said he could hire workers thst run circles atound him though. I asked what I could do. Boss said to give him a call after work and go for a beer. I don't / can't drink to kidney failure. I went out to the neighborhood working out and the guys were just standing around. I pulled up and didn't out of truck. We had a very civil conversation. He said he would let me know if I was going to work with him. This all happened on. I sent crew leader a text Sunday night. He replied no and that boss was mad he went to job site. I sent boss a text and said what's up I did what you asked. I apologized. He sent back very hateful text and said you to take him out for a beer. Not to text him with bullshit he was spending time with family. I replied I just want to work and appear at work on time and at right place. He didn't respond back until the next morning Monday. Again very hateful. I then called him. he went that i didnt listen and that he didnt owe me anything. i had been paid for every hour. i daid i just want to work. that's all i'm asking for. and the conversation ended with your fired and he hung up. Is this right ??? Legal? Am I going to be able to get unemployment?
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# Scott H 2013-04-20 08:12
What does it mean when your denial letter says that your benefit rights are suspended effective week ending 3/16/2013 until you have earned your weekly benefit amount in each of eight weeks?
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# Donna 2013-05-03 09:29
I have an employee who has used up her FMLA and extended medical leave and will be termed because her health condition at this time will not permit her to return to her job. If we term her can she collect unemployment? Is it up to us or the state. (This is in Indiana.)

Thanks you
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# Travis 2013-07-08 11:53
I recently lost my main job as a direct service provider for people with disabilities. The company didn't pay me for four weeks and my part time job didn't pay enough to pay for the gas needed to drive to clients' homes, drive them around 90 miles per day and pay my bi-weekly car payment. I attempted to get the pay situation remedied quickly and they loaned me $40 (to last two weeks of all this traveling) I told them I could not go to my Saturday client's house because I couldn't get gas. They let me go telling me that I was a "No Call No Show"" (in spite of being well informed of the situation.) I've only worked there since November 2012, and as stated my 2nd job doesn't pay much. Does anyone know if I can collect unemployment?
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# Justin 2013-07-23 19:19
In September of 2011 I was working for a company and a 180 pound door fell on my head. I am just now being released from work comp in July 2013. I went to see my former employer only to find out he closed down his business. Can I get approved for Unemployment even though its been almost 2 years that I have been on work comp?
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