Can I collect unemployment if I have been fired for "egregious behavior?"
I was terminated for behavior assessed to be egregious, I understand that as the grounds. I did exhibit a negative attitude and indicated how unhappy I was to have to attend a mandatory training program that would take me away from my work for 3.5 hours; my language was admittedly melodramatic and apparently, coworker(s) in and outside of the training program was/were concerned, upset or otherwise uncomfortable about it, which I can understand (those outside of the training involved my immediate manager and perhaps one other person in my unit). Subsequently, there were suddenly allegations made by the management team that terminated me that I had made "threatening statements" during the training program itself (I happen to have sat with some people at the training who turned out to be lower level managers of other depts). I did not and have never threatened anyone in or outside of the company; I did make disparaging remarks about the necessity of the training and indicated that it was stressful for me to attend and leave my work (only). I later communicated with my mngmnt team and stated there must be a misunderstanding regarding the threatening comments, apologized for my behavior (my only incident in 6.5 years of employment and I have had excellent performance reviews; this was a new mngmnt group, my dept was dissolved), and explained my plan to make certain that such disparaging/negative behavior would not recur. I requested that the mngmnt team consider a disciplinary action rather than termination (I tried to negotiate). I had been placed on paid admin leave pending an "investigation" prior to my attempt
at negotiation. I had not been terminated on the spot, although I was walked out of the building; apparently, the grounds had yet to be completely worked up (I was simply told at the time that I had made disparaging remarks about the training program, was bordering on insubordination and had made comments that had made other staff "uncomfortable"; that was all the information they would give me; the "threatening remarks" allegation came later). I was informed one week after the paid admin leave that the decision was for termination because of egregious behavior, apparently a combination of my negative talk plus the "threatening remarks" (which were supposedly reported by more than 1 of the lower level managers sitting at my table during the training)
It depends on the documentation and witnesses the employer brings to the hearing. So I'm going to let you decide what you think your chances are by referring you to some information.Connecticut's definition of misconduct.
You can read each separate discussion of the elements the employer needs to prove here.
And here's the decision library.
It's within the decisions that relate to your situation you may be able to find something that will help you focus on the best points of your position.
Now, if the employer happens to have a hearing rep .. or a saavy HR director that directs their case .. watch out. Normally, an unemployment hearing is just not all that exciting. Discharges for unacceptable attendance and tardiness are like dry food for a dog .. then you come along and throw them a T-bone. Yum-yum.