Massachusetts Unemployment If You Get Fired

Generally, in Massachusetts 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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# Jaime V 2011-03-06 23:55
Before I started my job I was going to school and my company still hired me knowing I was a student, It seems now they want to change the rules and make me work their schedule, which could conflict with my school schedule. Can I be fired for opting to go to class instead of work, when I provided my school schedule well in advance and got approval?
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# javiers 2012-04-19 21:11
what type of firing would prevent someone from being able to get unemployment? I was recently almost fired for a argument i had with one of my employees on the company floor. I was trying to prevent the argument but my employee felt the need to continue. I am now on a final notice anything I do wrong from now can get me fired. The only thin I did wrong was not take the issue off the company floor. Also this is the first time I have been talk to about this type of issue. What can I expect if the company fires me.
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# marilyn 2012-06-13 08:48
I recently got terminated from a big company.. I got hurt at work and as company policy they do a drug and alcohol screening. As it turns out I came positive for marijuana, I had totall forgotten that I had consume over the weekend on a party. So I had to wait for them to get t results and after for week later they called me and told me I was fired. I filed for unemployment but is been almost 5 weeks and still no one has called. Im also enrolled in a training course and start in a week.
Should unemployed not approved my claim., should I bother appealing my case?
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# remy 2012-07-27 13:09
I need to speak to an adjuster but cannot find a contact number for any.
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# Elise 2012-08-31 21:05
I was hired with an agreement that I would be under 6 month probation. At the 6 mo review I was told I did not meet expectations. This was the first negative feedback I received in 6 months. I was then was given areas to improve upon and my probation was extended another 3 months. I agreed to work on the designated areas. I have about 5 weeks left and have not been advised how I am doing and probably will not know until next week when I next meet with my boss. I have a bad feeling that she is going to tell me that I am not doing well, but its just a feeling. If I get fired, and can prove that I have been willing to improve my performance since receiving the negative review, will I be elig to collect?
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# Liz 2012-11-18 19:10
I was fired from my job on September 14, 2012. I applied for unemployment and to this day November 18, 2012 I have not heard a word. I have left messages to the adjuster and her manager. I am going to lose everything for not following a protocol I did not know existed! I even have a text message from a co worker that states everyone admitted to doing the same thing. How long can they not respond to me?
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# Lola 2012-12-20 18:21
I was recently released from my job for using my corporate credit as personal BUT these charges were marked as personal and deducted from my pay as there is a button to click to mark as personal. my company said they will not fight if if i apply but that they will disclose my reason for being released. Also i have proof that other employees have done this same thing and not been fired.
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# Jane 2013-03-25 17:45
My employer has an initial 6 month "probationary period" and, about two months ago I went to my boss to tell her I was behind in my paperwork, and she said I needed to have all the work made up by the 7 month mark (she offered to extend my probationary period by 1 month in order for me to have more time to meet the goal). I had her put in writing what she needed submitted by what date and we came up with a written plan.
I have put in extra hours in the past two months and worked hard to complete all the work. Imagine my surprise when I learned they are planning to fire me two days before my extended probationary period is up (and my written deadline) so they don't have to give me my vacation pay and other perks.
My question is, would I likely be eligible for Unemployment Benefits because I was not fired with good cause? Does the probationary period have any role in making me ineligible for unemployment? I read in a few other forums that company determined "probationary periods" and the state laws about unemployment compensation are not the same thing. What does Mass. law indicate for someone who is 7 months in on extended prob. period who has met the goals of her stated plan for improvement?
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# Jules 2013-07-16 13:10
I was wrongly fired, I finally talked to someone who took down my side if the story. My question is how long after that will I get a answer that I can or can not collect?
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