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Unemployment help: Can I file if my employer won't let me go?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by dixiehack, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    First off, I no longer work in journalism, which is why I posted to this thread instead.

    The company I work for has not made payroll since September 15, and has no prospects of doing so any time soon. It should be blindingly obvious that the firm is failing, but the owner is in denial. However, he won't fire or lay off the staff, which means that I'm not eligible to get unemployment. I've told him that tommorrow is the last day I can work without seeing a paycheck, and he understands. But surely there has to be something that prevents me from having to live in this limbo land, even in this right to work state that would sooner set fire to the capital building than stand up to any business interests.

  2. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    would depend on the state but in texas nonpayment would be a legitimate reason for quitting and still being eligible for unemployment.
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Alabama. Technically, I could probably still be put on a chain gang for being an idle vagrant. :D
  4. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    My guess is that nonpayment is as good of a reason as any.

  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I'm not, why should you?
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    And if it helps, unenjoyment in this state is 200 bucks a week...
  7. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    What are you asking us for? I mean, we're glad to help if we can, but I'm guessing you can get much better information elsewhere. My advice: Look at the link above and call the unemployment office and ask the question you asked us.

    Or, you could kick your boss in the nuts so he'll fire you.
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Which would be a $200/week improvement over current conditions.

    Novelist, I'm asking because things finally came to a head this morning, and I'm still in a daze. Step 1 of 12, and all that.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    So you've been working for a month without being paid?
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    $200 a week is the max?
    You gotta be kidding.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    That does seem way low.
  12. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    It is truly a different world if you've never lived down here.

    And yes, I've gone a month without a paycheck. The wife is a special ed teacher with a masters in a good district, which helps a lot. And I have already been job hunting and interviewing (went for the drug test today for a promising position). I just need to be able to do that full-time during the day.
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