Eligibility for unemployment in the US
Eligibility is determined partially by the length of time previously worked and amount of money being earned. There are really only three valid, acceptable reasons for being separated from an employer and in which the government is willing to pay benefits to the unemployed. One reason involves being fired by the employer and not being allowed to return to work. A second reason involves being laid off for a length of time from a job that was being worked. A third reason entails voluntarily quitting your job for a reason regarding personal stress or other reason. Whoever separated themselves from the other party has the burden of proving that the separation occurred for a valid reason. In some cases it is best to let yourself be fired because the employer has to go to the bother of proving you were justly fired. It is easier for them to prove they have fired you and they will be more likely to have supporting legal documentation surrounding your dismissal than if you just simply quit your job. It will be more difficult for an individual to prove why they left, as they will not have this type of extensive documentation. In some states the personal reason you quit your job has to be a very good one, and might involve something like harassment. It has to be an atypical circumstance, rather than being that you 'quit because you didn't like the job.' The government scrutinizes these cases very carefully and often they are determined to be ineligible for benefits. When trying to prove that you were justly fired or quit for a good reason, you are going to nee more than just testimony from people. You will need other factual support, such as an incident record filed while working there.