In order to get unemployment compensation from the Texas Workforce Commission, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. Examples of reasons that should not prevent you from receiving unemployment compensation are:
- You were laid off due to lack of work
- You are still working but the employer reduced your hours but not for disciplinary reasons
- You were fired without having committed work related misconduct. Examples of misconduct are: a violation of company policy; violation of law; neglect or mismanagement of your position; or failure to perform your work acceptably if you are capable of doing so. There are several other reasons that can be misconduct and these can be explored in greater detail at the Texas Workforce Commission website Appeals Policy & Precedent Manual.
- You quit your job for a good work related or medical reason. Examples are unsafe working conditions; significant changes in hiring agreement; not receiving payment for your work, or certain medical reasons such as quitting on your doctor’s advice or quitting to care for a minor child if required for a documented medical reason.
- You quit to protect yourself from family violence or stalking.