Regardless of how you lost your job, filing for unemployment benefits may be necessary to support yourself and your family. Unfortunately, some employers contest an employee’s entitlement to unemployment benefits, even when the employee should be eligible. In some cases, benefits may be approved but an employer will appeal. The unemployment appeal lawyers at Connor & Morneau, LLP can review the facts of your case, determine if you have a viable claim, and work aggressively to protect your rights and interests.
What Is An Unemployment Appeal Hearing?
If you believe a former employer has wrongfully contested your eligibility for unemployment benefits, you are entitled to file a request to appeal the determination. Although the process may vary slightly from state to state, typically a hearing before the agency is scheduled to review your appeal.
In this evidentiary hearing, your attorney can submit relevant evidence, present fact witness testimony, and conduct cross-examinations. Hearings are conducted by a review examiner or hearing officer via telephone or online video conferencing. Having an experienced unemployment appeals lawyer represent you can increase your chances of obtaining the benefits to which you may be entitled.
Preparing For Your Hearing
It is critical to be fully prepared before going into any type of hearing. Your attorney will advise you on what type of documentation may be useful to support your claims. This evidence may include:
- A copy of the organization’s employee handbook
- Official company policies
- Evidence of warnings or disciplinary actions
- Correspondence such as emails and/or memos
- Timesheets, time cards, and employee schedules
- Any other relevant documentation
How An Unemployment Appeals Lawyer Can Help
Your attorney will review the case file and evidence beforehand and determine who to call as witnesses. Our unemployment lawyers will also help you and your witnesses prepare to give testimony. At the hearing, your attorney will present your case. It is important to stick to information and facts that are relevant to the case. Having an attorney represent you at the hearing can help you keep your composure and focus on your goal of obtaining your unemployment benefits.
The hearing officer will review your case and determine whether you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. You will receive a written decision, typically within two to four weeks. In Massachusetts, if you disagree with the decision, you can file an appeal to the Board of Review within 30 days. An attorney can assist you with filing this appeal as well.
If you believe your employer wrongfully terminated your employment, you may be able to file a civil claim to recover monetary damages. Proving wrongful termination, employer retaliation, or discrimination is challenging. Most states have at-will employment laws, which can make these types of cases seem like a challenging task. Your employment attorney can determine whether you have a viable claim, advise you of your options, and help you pursue compensation if it’s warranted.
Contact A Springfield Employment Attorney To Learn More
The attorneys at Connor & Morneau, LLP have represented major unions and litigated some of the most noteworthy employment discrimination cases in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. We’re dedicated to fighting for your rights and holding employers accountable for wrongful actions.
Our unemployment appeals lawyers serve clients in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire, and Worcester counties and throughout Western New England. To schedule a consultation, contact us at 413-455-1730. We look forward to serving your legal needs.