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Can I collect unemployment if I have been fired for a "Conflict of interest"

by Kathy
(Townsend, MA)

I was terminated from my position as an inside sales position because a co-worker that I am dating (an outside salesman) accepted a job with another company which is a competitor to our company. They said the reason they were letting me go was due to it being a conflict of interest and not anything to do with my work performance.

Hi Kathy,

Do you have an "employment contract" that you signed, which would make this something that even approaches a violation of the contract?

If not, this is not misconduct on your part.

It will be a sad day when an "at will employee", must conform their personal life to comply with an employer's demand to continue being employed and the state considers it to be misconduct .. which is a necessary element to prove a discharge is with good cause.

My short opinion is .. YES!

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No contracts?.
by: Chris -

Does this also mean, the terminating employer didn't have a policy that might require a signed non-compete agreement?

And if they were aware you had your own similar business, but objected to working for a competitor, were you the competitor's "employee", or were you working for them as a self employed person with your own business.

In case you might be confused as to why I'm asking about the nature of the relationship you had with each, please see the coverage chartbook published by the USDOL.

Conflict of interest unemployment?
by: Jared

Can I collect unemployment because I was fired for conflict of interest.

I was running mate against over at a hotel before I was hired they are aware that I also ran a computer business that fixes and repairs computers. No I have been doing business with another company that runs the same type of a business. I was asked to help out at the other business. The company that I work for caught wind of this and pulled me aside and told me that I was no longer going to be able to work for them because of conflict of interest. No contracts.

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