Collecting unemployment is a process many U.S. workers go through at some point in their careers. As of the week ending December 3, 2015, the United States Department of Labor reported that approximately 269,000 Americans in the labor force are collecting unemployment insurance benefits.1
Obtaining unemployment benefits can be relatively straightforward. For some, the process is simple and can be completed by the individual applying. However, other individuals may be faced with a more difficult application process. This can be caused by different factors and should be evaluated depending on the facts surrounding your case. Some reasons for which you should hire an attorney include the following:
You Believe Your Employer Violated Your Rights
Sometimes, employers make employment decisions that are prohibited under state or federal law. The Department of Labor monitors this activity.2 Violations can include instances in which an employee is terminated because of his or her race, gender, age, or disability. If your employment is terminated as such, you have the right to initiate a legal claim against your former employer. Filing a claim may allow you to recover additional financial compensation in addition to your basic unemployment benefits. Preparing and filing a legal claim against a former employer is complex and time-consuming, and it is recommended that you seek legal counsel in order to do so effectively.
Appealing a Denied Claim
Unemployment claims are administratively evaluated before they are approved or denied. Improperly denied claims may be appealed. A hearing will be held before an Appeals Tribunal, who makes a determination as to whether the original claim was properly denied. An attorney can help you prepare and most favorably present your case.
Quitting for Good Cause
Unemployment laws prohibit an individual from collecting unemployment benefits if he or she quits his or her job simply because they are unhappy or dissatisfied. However, if you quit your job “for good cause,” you may be able to receive these benefits. Consulting with an unemployment attorney can help you determine whether or not the facts of your case meet the standard.
Contact a National Unemployment Attorney Today
At the Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp, we have assisted many unemployed individuals nationwide in obtaining the benefits they deserve. Please call our office at 636-947-3600 today for assistance.