Can I collect unemployment if fired for not going back to school?
I have a question. I was given an ultimatum- either I resign or I will get fired because I am not willing to start all over with a new Bachelor (I already have one, just not in the field I am working in right now.) When I got hired, they knew my educational background and that I wanted to continue with my MA. However, now they say that I have to go back to school for a BA in their field or they will fire me. They only gave me 4 days to let them know. What should I do? Does their reason, that I don't want to study, fall under the category of misconduct? Would it be better to resign or let them fire me?
That's a new one.
I guess I would have to ask a few questions first.
How long have you been working for them.
At the time of hire, was getting a bachelors in their field a condition of hire?
Did you receive a promotion that might have made getting the degree a condition?
Otherwise, you just make very sure you get it in writing or documented in some way that you are being fired for refusing to go to college to pursue a degree in their field and that this was never a condition of hire.
They can fire you, but given the information you have provided to me thus far, I don't believe it would be for misconduct unless there was some sort of agreement by you to pursue that degree.
Don't quit and even if they allow you to quit in lieu of discharge .. make sure your resignation clearly voices that for which you are quitting instead of the choice of discharge .. with all the details .. just so the damn thing can't be used against you when it comes time to respond to your claim.