How to Claim Unemployment Benefits

How to Claim Unemployment Benefits

January 1, 2006

Are you a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking? Is it affecting your ability to do your job? Are you thinking about – or have you already – quit your job because of the violence? Or were you fired because of the violence?

If you have left or lost a job because of domestic or sexual violence, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. These are cash benefits that partially replace your salary, so you can pay your bills while you look for a new job. This guide is designed to provide practical tips to help you claim unemployment insurance benefits. This guide focuses on domestic violence because many of the relevant state laws cover domestic violence but not sexual assault or stalking. There are, however, a few states that also explicitly make benefits available to survivors of sexual assault or stalking.

For more general information about claiming UI benefits, contact your local legal aid or legal services office, or try on line at, a website that provides free legal information on a variety of topics for most states.

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