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Unemployment Hearings

If you have lost your job, it is likely in your best interest to apply for unemployment benefits.  Not only will the supplemental income assist in sustaining you during a period of unemployment, but it may protect your claims to lost wages down the road if you wind up bringing a lawsuit.  

Whether you are likely to be awarded unemployment benefits depends greatly upon if you were fired or if you quit your position. If you quit your job, it may be difficult to recover unemployment benefits.  So, if you are contemplating on leaving your employer, it is advisable to talk to an employer beforehand to determine what you may be entitled to in advance. 

If you have been fired by your employer, a major consideration will be the cause for your termination.  Were you fired for violating a company policy?  Has that company policy been uniformly applied?  Or did you lose your job because you and your manager were just not on good terms?  These questions matter when determining whether you will be granted unemployment benefits. 

Have you already applied for unemployment benefits and been denied?  The fight does not have to end there.  You have the right to appeal that denial, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney at the appeal hearing.  In preparation for the hearing, you can subpoena both documents and witnesses to help prove your case. You will also have a chance to submit a closing argument that outlines your claims.

Be mindful that there are very strict deadlines when it comes to filing an appeal and issuing subpoenas, and those deadlines often occur within a very short time-frame, usually a matter of days. It is crucial that you consult with an attorney early in the process if you desire representation.

The attorneys at O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy can help.  Our experienced and dedicated team of lawyers have been through this process before, and we can help you navigate the complicated requirements surrounding these hearings.  Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.  

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