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Can I get unemployment benifits in Oregon, if I was fired from my job, they say I stole something.

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I am currently on paid admin leave, and find out on Monday if they are going to fire me, which I did not stea anything.

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You can likely qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits in Oregon, so long as your employer isn't able to demonstrate and prove that you were fired "for cause."

If you're denied UI benefits by the Employment Department after you're terminated, you have the right to appeal the decision to an ALJ (typically a phone hearing).

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What do you mean by so long as your employer isn't able to demonstrate and prove that you were fired "for cause." Isn't being fired showing cause?

Kevin Elliott Parks

Kevin Elliott Parks


No; an employer can terminate an employee for any reason, or no reason at all, so long as it's not an illegal reason. Depending on the circumstances, you can be fired without cause and have no recourse other than to apply and receive UI benefits. If you're fired for cause, and the employer can prove that, then you'd be disqualified from receiving UI benefits. Being fired "for cause" can entail is a wide range of things, but is essentially being fired for "misconduct." See


If you are fired for theft, your unemployment benefits claim may be denied. As Mr. Parks pointed out, if your benefits are denied, you can request a hearing. If you do not steal anything, do not sign something for your employer which says you did. A signed admission of a theft is evidence that your discharge was for misconduct, which disqualifies you from receiving unemployment benefits.

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So, I when to a hearing and they showed me video which clearly doesnt show me taking anything, but now are asking for bank statement to show where items where purchased that I sold on ebay. I feel that they are fishing still the video shows nothing.. where do I sand... and the kicker is that the public safety office involved in this is a ex police officer that serverd warrents at a house that I was at 18 years old.

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