Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
The standard for getting unemployment is different from making a claim in civil court for an unlawful firing. In unemployment you must only be fired for no fault of your own. In civil court a specific law must be violation for the termination to be illegal. Firing someone for a short term illness like a cold, flu, broken leg etc. is no illegal. Firing someone for having a long term disability is illegal, and in some instances they must be given 12 weeks off without pay and have a right to their job back. So, was his condition a long-term serious condition or just something short-term?