When you received a notice of your unemployment claim denied, you could request for a hearing before the administrative law judge. Unemployment benefits claim are often denied due to several reasons like failure to make a request on time, voluntarily quitting your job without good cause, overpayment, misconduct and making false statements. You could request for a hearing within a certain time, usually thirty days of the date of the determination letter. The letter of request should include full name, social security number, address, case number and your statement of disagreeing with the determination.

When preparing for the hearing, you have to gather all the necessary evidence and paperwork to support your claim. This includes pay stubs, performance evaluation, warning letters, phone bills and employee handbooks. Determine ahead of time what you should say to prove your case. You should also ask witnesses to testify on your behalf. You could also consider hiring an employment lawyer to help you with your claim.

During the hearing, make sure to be there early so you could review your file if available in your state. Dress appropriately and stay calm and unemotional when you present your claim. Never argue with the judge or a lawyer asking you questions. It is necessary to stick to the facts and do not make false statements.

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