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Get Fired and Still Qualify for Unemployment

There is nothing worse then feeling stuck in a sucky job that drives you crazy; except of course, quitting the horrible job and ending up with nothing for your pain and efforts. What can you do to make sure that you don’t get the short end of the sucky job stick? Don’t quit, get fired. Or, better yet, get laid off.

Of course there will be people, like your mother, who will insist that it is better to a) stick it out even if it is slowly crushing your soul like an ant beneath a boot heel or b) quit, so you don’t have a black mark on your record.

However, if you quit, you won’t be eligible for unemployment, especially not now with so many people who actually need help. In fact, in an economy like this one, you should be extremely unhappy and unable to take your current job for one more second before you even think about quitting or getting fired.  Quitting any job right now will no doubt have family and friends calling you a selfish idiot, and they might not be wrong.

If you can get laid off then you can definitely receive unemployment benefits. If you get fired for misconduct or disciplinary measures then your unemployment might be denied. However, no matter what you get fired for, you should still try filing for unemployment.

Read more stories about unemployment:

Getting fired without cause

This means that there was no reason for you to be fired. That there is no company written rule for the reason you were fired and that you didn’t receive adequate written warnings. However, this often doesn’t apply for at-will employees.
At-will employees
An at-will employee can be fired at any time, for any reason (except discrimination or a hostile work environment). If the employer decides to let you go, that’s it. Every state, except Montana, employers may adopt an at-will employment policy.

Things you can get fired for and definitely receive unemployment

1. You were fired for being unable to perform the job. If you were not a good fit for the job, and your previous employer is willing to state that, then you can get unemployment insurance.
2. You can prove that it was a hostile work environment. You cannot be fired for complaining about being harassed or discriminated against. You can’t be fired for reporting or complaining about illegal activity or about health and safety violations. You cannot be fired for taking family and medical leave, taking leave to serve in the military, or to taking time off work to vote or serve on a jury. If you are fired for one of these reasons you should contact a lawyer.
3. You can prove you were discriminated against. You can’t be fired because of your race, religion or gender. If you feel that you were discriminated against, call a lawyer.

Ways to subtly be “let go”

The idea here is to make your workplace more uncomfortable when you’re there without alerting your employer that you are doing it on purpose.

  • You can be subtly and sarcastically mean or cranky.
  • Pretend that you don’t know how to do something. This works especially well if you are asked to do something new.
  • Do just enough to scrape by.
  • Work very, very slowly.
  • Spend time forwarding “funny” emails.
  • Treat work as your personal social club.
  • Be constantly upset, angry, or depressed; anything but happy
  • Have a lot of ongoing personal problems.

Things to watch out for

  • Talk about religion, disabilities or anything else that would make someone afraid to fire you because of the possibility of a law suit.
  • Consistently show up late and leave early.
  • Search porn at work, or other potentially “blocked” websites.

Again, it’s a good idea to keep your job, no matter how much you dislike it, during times of high unemployment.

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63 Responses to Get Fired and Still Qualify for Unemployment

  1. Billy says:

    Some of these ideas are a great way to advance in the company I work for!!

  2. Lynne from Ohio says:

    I began getting sicker and sicker at work in late 2008, early 2009. My migraines and IBS symptoms were causing me to miss so much work, that I was having trouble keeping up with my deadlines. I got Intermittent FMLA to cover my job, but after missing more than 3 days straight, they put me on Full FMLA until that expired. In the meantime I fought for an finally got short term disability and long term disability. I kept getting worse and applied for social security, which I won and was approved beginning 2/2010. When the Long Term insurance company told my employer that my situation was indefinite, they terminated me as of 12/9/10. They had previously cancelled my insurance and threw me on cobra which went up from 500/mo to 1200/mo and i couldn’t afford it. Now that I have been fired, am I not eligible for unemployment because I have social security?

  3. Duffy Puck says:

    That list of things to do is what everyone does. Doing everything on the list would not be distinguishing except perhaps the part about having lots of personal problems. That one might get too much sympathy and make you the last one to be fired. This article is for amateurs.

  4. Bob says:

    Thanks! I am doing almost all of the things mentioned above already, so I guess I am on the right track!

  5. WayneNeuton says:

    TheTreasure Island Casino in Vegas are scummiest people to ever work for. They hate their employees. The TI are a bunch of back stabbing bastards. Ruffan is a tight wad. Roaches in the chow hall but all the food the employees get is bread & water. Nevill is
    stinky old fart who dont know sheee it.

  6. xxx says:

    Very good. I never thought that it might come down for me actually wanting to get laid off. I’ll explain – after losing my job at the beginning of the recession I got hired, through a friend of mine, as an “intern” – with reduced pay and benefits but with an understanding that I will get taught new skills along the way and eventually go full-time. Lo and behold, months go by and I’m still stuck at doing what none of their “real” employees want to do, with no training or benefits increase anywhere in sight.

  7. chris says:

    …..ya know…..if after you have really decided to do “the dirty deed”, just keep it in your head that it’s a gamble, a crap shoot…..it may or not happen. This will REALLY help throw off the overconfidence or nervousness you may have. Peace.

  8. Keith says:

    Very interesting read. More of the serious side of getting fired. I created more of a “what not to do” listing for getting fired and I thought you and your readers might enjoy. http://middleclasskeith.blogspot.com/2011/08/10-great-ways-to-get-fired.html

  9. BW says:

    I can not believe that you would write an article telling people how to “get fired and still get umemployment!” and lay out ways to make a business owner’s life difficult – more difficult than it already is!

    Business owners provide employment. Employees benefit from this. If an employee doesn’t like his or her job, they should ethically look for a new job they would like better and then go work elsewhere.

    I could go on and on about how unethical and sneaky this article is but the bottom line is, business owners are just like anyone else. Taking advantage of them just because they own a company is not something that should be encouraged. That is like encouraging someone to steal – to be paid for working slow, doing a poor job, etc as you suggest. What kind of person would write an article like this?????????????

  10. Samantha S says:

    I did this to get unemployment and it worked, so thanks for providing this good info for everyone. Also, people should go here once unemployed for extra funds:

    http://ur-elle.com/?lid=cwJO66qs

  11. Jon says:

    so if I have to many “tardyness”, showing up late. But I’m going to college, do I still collect unemployment

  12. Wow says:

    hahahaha – literally the worst article i’ve ever read. not grammar or writing style or anything – just based on content/advice

  13. jim says:

    Devro will fire you if you are sick or on medical leave. people in devro hate the people in charge, but have to put-up with these halfbrain blanks. most are so uneducated they could not find something they could do so they make them a stupidvisor! that is good old (SC).

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