Are you an employee in Atlanta? If you lost your job and your former employer is fighting your unemployment benefits, you need to seek help from a reliable law firm. An unemployment appeals lawyer will represent you before the Georgia Department of Labor, and even in a court of law.
Too often, people attempt to navigate the unemployment appeal process, and they end up losing. This is because they do it without legal counsel.
Why Unemployment Claims Might Be Denied
Unemployment appeals are usually determined by the cause that separated you from employment. These are the common reasons why most unemployment claims may get denied in Georgia:
- Quitting your last job: If you quit your job without a good cause, then you will not receive unemployment benefits or severance. Georgia does not recognize personal reasons to quit. Therefore, your claims will only get accepted if you left the job due to your employment agreement. Other reasons could be the employer fails to pay you, or hostile working environment.
- Gross Misconduct: In the state of Georgia, you will lose benefits if you got fired for misconduct. Misconduct includes continuous absence from work, going to work intoxicated, and violating workplace policies intentionally.
- Failure to meet the earnings requirements: In most states, as well as in Georgia, you’re required to meet minimum wage amount as per the state or federal laws.
There are some instances whereby if your claim gets denied, it will be futile to appeal. But if you can prove you lost your job unfairly, filing an appeal might be the best option.
Filing an Appeal
To submit an appeal successfully, including unemployment insurance claim, you must do so within 15 days from the date of the determination letter. Ensure you make a written appeal to the Georgia Department of Labor Appeals Tribunal and include:
- Your Social Security number
- Reason for appeal in detail as to why you’re eligible for unemployment insurance benefits
- Date of the determination letter
- Current contact information
There are many one-stop tribunal centers, including Marietta, Decatur, and Alpharetta. Choose the center near you for a seamless application process. Throughout the appeal process, you’re required to file weekly claims for benefits, search for work, and ensure you keep records of your work search.
If there are any changes you would like to make like your current contact information, notify the Appeals Tribunal before your appeal hearing date.
Appeal Hearing in Georgia
You will receive a hearing notice from Appeals Tribunal, notifying you when and where the hearing will be conducted. Usually, appeals happen over the phone. However, the tribunal might decide to have a one-on-one hearing based on various circumstances.
You’ll be asked questions, and your documents will get reviewed. It will help the administrative hearing officer decide on your appeal. The former employer may also be in attendance.
Have a Professional on Your Side
Don’t do it alone. At HKM Employment Attorneys, we have vast experience in employment discrimination law. We will protect your unemployment benefits and fight to win before a court of law. Whether you’re in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Fulton or DeKalb County, we know unemployment appeals.