Six Things You Should Know About Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania
You don’t get it if you quit, unless you can prove that you quit because of a “necessitous and compelling" reason.
You don’t get it if you are fired for “willful misconduct." There is a lot of legal discussion about what “willful misconduct" means, but basically it is a knowing violation of rules.
You don’t get it if you refuse comparable suitable work. If the boss wants you to transfer to another department in his factory and you say “no," you won’t get unemployment. If the boss wants you to transfer to his factory in Kazakhstan and you say “no," you will probably get unemployment.
If you are denied unemployment compensation, you should appeal. There is no fee for filing an appeal, so you have nothing to lose.
Your employer doesn't decide whether or not you can collect unemployment comepnsation, the Unemployment Compensation Bureau does. If your employer fires you and says, “we won’t fight your unemployment claim if you sign this separation agreement," DON'T SIGN and call a good employment lawyer IMMEDIATELY. This is a sleazy, underhanded way to try to trick you into giving up your legal rights, and it almost always means that the employer thinks it has broken the law.
If your employment ends for reasons that you think have to do with your boss breaking the law, you should apply for unemployment compensation and contact a lawyer. The unemployment compensation hearing can be a good time to get sworn testimony from the employer long before any lawsuit is filed, and can really make a difference in an eventual lawsuit.