Under Pennsylvania law, a worker who is fired is presumed eligible for unemployment benefits.
“Fired” means your employer is choosing to end your employment for a reason other than a lack of work or business closure. Sometimes, instead of saying you are fired, an employer or the government might say you are:
- Let go (when not due to lack or work or funding)
“Presumed eligible” means that in order for the government to deny you benefits, your employer must prove you were fired because of work-related willful misconduct.
If you were fired and apply for unemployment, this is what will happen:
- Related to your job
- Recent in time
Most often, an employer will try to establish that you intentionally violated a known rule or policy of the workplace.
If you appeal the decision, you will be scheduled for a hearing with a UC referee.
To prepare for that hearing, you will want to gather evidence that shows you had good cause for your actions or to disprove your employers argument.