If you’ve brought an unemployment claim in Missouri that’s been either denied or unsatisfactorily determined, you have the right to appeal that determination by requesting a hearing with an unemployment referee (who—for all practical purposes—will fulfill the role of the judge in the decision-making process). The Missouri Division of Employment Security will provide you with literature about the process, but beware the subtext of this literature, which seems to imply that you won’t need an unemployment attorney. Your unemployment claim is far too significant to leave to chance, and an experienced unemployment attorney in the St. Louis area will help ensure that your claim is resolved in your favor.
Appealing an unemployment claim is a legal procedure—with everything that such implies. You will need to be able to prove certain legal elements, have witnesses testify on your behalf, produce documents (that must be allowable under the rules of evidence) in support of your claim, and much more. Further, there is often a great deal of stress involved with such proceedings—after all, your immediate financial future hangs in the balance. These are all tasks that an unemployment attorney is far better prepared to perform than you are; don’t allow the Division of Employment Security to dissuade you from hiring a skilled unemployment lawyer. Your case matters.
Unemployment Appeals and Free Discovery
When you testify at your unemployment appeal hearing, you will be under oath and, as such, everything you say constitutes free discovery for the other side. If your appeal exists within (or may later exist within) a larger legal dispute between you and your employer (which isn’t uncommon), it’s important to keep in mind that anything you say during the appeal can be used against you later. In such cases, it’s imperative that you exercise extreme prudence—your employer’s legal team is no doubt well prepared to trip you up. Such situations are no time to go rogue; hire a skilled unemployment attorney to help protect your appeal and any future case.
If You Quit (Instead of Getting Fired)
If you quit your job or if your employer contends that you quit or abandoned your job, it makes winning your appeal more difficult—but not impossible. The process typically includes making a claim of constructive discharge, which generally involves proving that you were subjected to working conditions that were so intolerable you were essentially forced to quit. Again, this is a situation that’s best handled by a dedicated unemployment attorney.
Contact an Experienced Unemployment Attorney in the St. Charles and St. Louis Area Today
Finding yourself suddenly unemployed is tough. Having your unemployment claim denied can be even more difficult. If you need to appeal your Missouri unemployment claim, you need an experienced unemployment attorney on your side. At the Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp in St. Louis and St. Charles, we understand exactly what’s at stake, and our dedicated legal team is here to help. We care about your claim, so please contact or call us at (636) 947-3600 today.