You can collect Unemployment Insurance if:
- You had to leave your job because of domestic violence, or
- You were fired due to circumstances resulting from domestic violence
Although you must also show that you are able and available for suitable work, you only need to look for or take work that allows you to address the effects of domestic violence. The effects can be physical, psychological, or legal.
If you are denied benefits, you generally need to appeal the decision within 10 days. If you have good cause for a late appeal you may have 30 days to appeal the decision.
Domestic Violence and Court Appearance
It is illegal for your employer to discharge, penalize, or threaten to penalize you if you have to take time off to testify in a criminal action if you are a victim of a crime.
This is not the case if you have to take time off for a civil action.