Q) I have been working with the same employer for 14 years. I am currently suspended without pay. My husband is semi-retired and only works three days a week and draws social security. Can I draw unemployment benefits until my job situation is resolved.
A) If you have been suspended without pay, you can file for unemployment insurance benefits. You always have the right to file for unemployment insurance benefits if you have lost your job or were suspended at no fault of your own. You can also file for UI benefits if you had to quit your job due to hostile working conditions. Once your state unemployment office receives your claim, they will notify your previous employer. Your previous employer always has the rights to file an objection to your claim if they feel you do not qualify for benefits based on the reason they had you suspended. You have a right to appeal any denial of unemployment insurance benefits.