Can I get unemployment if I have been fired for absences for docotors appts for my special needs son?
(Paso Robles, CA)
My son has numerous medical issues. Lately he has needed to see a specialty doctor that is 150 miles away. I have missed approx 2 days per month to take him to these appts. My employer says they do not think they can continue to provide coverage for these absences. They have not written me up at all for these absences. They have all been approved. If they do fire me, will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
How many employees are there? If an employee has 50 or more they have to adhere to the Family Medical Leave Act.
Have you requested or been offered intermittent FMLA? Have you exhausted FMLA?
If you work for a smaller employer that doesn't have to comply with FMLA, but decides to fire you because of being absent to take your son to a specialist you need to read the Attendance portion
of the California determination guide .. inparticularly about how they decide benefits if a person is discharged for being absent for a compelling reason.