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I lost my job when I was arrested. Can I collect unemployment benefits?

San Diego, CA |
Filed under: Employment

I was arrested, spent 30 days in county jail. Upon release I contacted my employer and was told that I would be eligible for rehire in 6 months. I filed a claim for unemployment benefits. Am I eligible for weekly benefits?

Attorney Answers 1


There are many components to unemployment benefits eligibility - the way you separated from your prior employer is but one consideration.

In order to be eligible, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. In this case, the unemployment office may decide that your arrest means you have some fault.

The unemployment office will typically schedule a phone conference with an applicant who was fired, to assess the situation. If you are denied benefits, you will be given the opportunity to appeal the denial.

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