Unemployment Insurance if You are a Victim of Domestic Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault
Authored By: Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)
Can I get unemployment benefits if I am a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault?
It depends. If the circumstances that made you quit your job or the reason you were discharged came about from domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault against you, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. If you are a victim but the reason you quit or got discharged did not involve the violence/stalking/assault that you experienced, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Am I eligible for benefits if I quit work or was discharged because my child was a victim?
Again, it depends. If your child was a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault and the circumstances that made you quit or get discharged had to do with that fact, you may be eligible.
How do I show that I was/am a victim at the time I quit or got discharged?
You must show you or your child was a victim by showing an order of protection, police report, medical report, or through documentation from certain professionals who work with victims such as clergy, social workers, shelter workers, or other professionals.
Where can I get more information?
You can click here to read the law about this topic, MCA Section 39-51-2111. Please note, this may not be the only law that applies and/or it may not apply to your case.
Click here to read the Unemployment Benefits Claimant's Handbook. The information related to this article is on page 7.
Go online to the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry Unemployment Insurance web site for more information at http://uid.dli.mt.gov/claimants.
How Do I Ask For Benefits?
You will need to file a claim. You can go online to the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry Unemployment Insurance web site for more information at ui4u.mt.gov.