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I can certainly appreciate your concern about what is being requested of you. However, it unfortunately does not break any law to make these requests, and since employment in Texas is "at will
" absent an express agreement to the contrary, you can be terminated for refusing to cooperate. If you were terminated for refusing to cooperate or refusing to accept the new position, your eligibility for benefits would turn on whether the State found you to be unemployed "through no fault of your own." A claimant is unemployed through no fault of their own if they did everything that a reasonable person desireous of remaining employed would have done to remain employed and still find themselves out of work. This is judged on a case by case basis and so it is impossible to predict results, which is why the unemployment office would not give you a specific answer.
If I had to guess, though, I would guess that benefits would be denied on these facts. Providing personal information such as you describe is not uncommon in job applications, and accepting a job with different responsibilities would be expected unless the pay was substantially less or there was a drastic change in the level of responsibility involved (i.e. manager to janitor).
Is it possible that your claim for benefits would be accepted? Yes. But why take that risk with the consequence being unemployment with no way to support yourself if you're wrong. For this reason, the better course of action would typically be to accept the new job and if it is not acceptable to you then to look for work elsewhere, quitting only once you've secured another offer. Statistically speaking, it's also a lot easier to get hired when you already have a job. The reason has to do with the psychology of employers wanting to hire someone who is seen as in demand.
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