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General Benefits Information

You may be disqualified from receiving benefits in the District of Columbia for any of the following reasons:

  • Voluntary departure from your last employer without good cause connected with the work.
  • Discharge by your last employer for gross misconduct.
  • Discharge by your last employer for misconduct other than gross misconduct.
  • Refusal to apply for, or accept, suitable work without good cause.
  • Participation in a labor dispute other than a lockout.
  • Inability to work or unavailability for work.
  • Failure to register, as directed, with the Job Service.
  • Failure to report, as directed.
  • Failure to participate, as directed, in reemployment services.
  • Failure to attend a training course recommended by the Department of Employment Services.
  • Not being authorized to work, if you are not a US Citizen.
  • A reasonable assurance of continuing employment.