California Employment Law
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I am very sorry to hear that you were let go. The good news is that it definitely is not too late to apply for unemployment benefits. Moreover, unless your employer can prove that you were terminated for reasons amounting to "misconduct" (meaning an intentional or reckless disregard for the interests of the company), then the state will approve you for benefits. Your employer does not need to "consent" to you getting benefits. The decision to award benefits is entirely made by the State.
You want to apply as soon as possible, as you cannot receive benefits retroative from the date of your termination, you can only receive benefits from the time you apply onward. So, each day you don't apply is a day you lose out on potential benefits. You can get your claim started online right here.
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