State unemployment agencies commonly deny unemployment benefits because the filer was fired or quit voluntarily, says Nolo. Failure to earn enough during the base employment period also results in a denial.
Unemployed workers who quit voluntarily can still receive benefits if constructively discharged, which includes quitting because of a lack of work or intolerable conditions. They can often receive benefits when fired if the employer cannot demonstrate misconduct. Some state agencies can deny benefits for misconduct outside of the job. Turning down a suitable job and failing a drug test are also common reasons for denial of benefits, states Forbes.