Not every employee who loses a job through no fault of his own is eligible for unemployment compensation. About 40 job classifications are ineligible—most of them highly compensated or policy-making positions.
Recent case: Cathleen Brannen worked for Metropolitan State University as vice president for administration and finance. After a decade of service, she was terminated when an incoming university president wanted to hand-pick someone else for the position.
Brannen applied for unemployment and began receiving benefits, but the university appealed. It argued Brannen held an exempt job because she was in a major policy-making or advisory position. The court agreed she wasn’t eligible. (Brannen v. Metropolitan State University, No. A-10-136, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2010)