Q) I was wondering if i can collect unemployment if the doctor took me out of work because of health problems related to pregnancy.
A) Yes, you may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits if you are unable to work due to health problems related to pregnancy. The specific requirements vary from state to state, but generally speaking, you must be able to show that your pregnancy-related health problems prevented you from being able to perform the essential functions of your job. You may also need to provide documentation from your doctor that supports your claim.
To be sure, you should contact your state’s unemployment office to inquire about your eligibility. You can find the contact information for your state’s unemployment office on the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Here are some tips for increasing your chances of being approved for unemployment benefits:
- Be sure to document your pregnancy-related health problems. This could include medical records, doctor’s notes, or letters from other family members or friends who can attest to your health problems.
- Be prepared to explain why you were unable to work due to your pregnancy-related health problems. This should be a clear and concise explanation that focuses on your health problems and your inability to perform the essential functions of your job.
- Be patient and persistent. The unemployment process can be slow and frustrating, but it is important to be patient and persistent. If you are denied benefits, you should appeal the decision.
I hope this helps!
General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
- Be totally or partially unemployed.
- Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
- Be physically able to work.
- Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
- Be actively looking for work.
- Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.