^ That's kinda good news then, right? It means (at least for him) that job performance isn't the number one factor in deciding termination..
Well, I read up on what NY employment law I could online (fuck, I miss being able to access lexis / nexis at school) and if you are let go for job performance, you get unemployment. Actually, if they let you go for no reason at all (i.e. your services are no longer required), you get unemployment.