Certain exemptions apply in specific cases, and you can consult with our Columbus employment benefits attorneys to discuss whether you are eligible for receiving benefits even if you do not meet all of the listed criteria.
While everything about receiving unemployment benefits seems straightforward, it often becomes necessary to seek advice and representation from unemployment benefits lawyers in Columbus or elsewhere. The biggest sticking point is that both the ODJFS and an applicant’s employer can contest the reason given for losing one’s job.
People who voluntarily quit their jobs or who get fired for what ODJFS calls “misconduct” generally have their unemployment applications rejected automatically. When an employer steps in after the ODJFS has already approved unemployment benefits, the agency can cancel weekly payments and request reimbursement.
An applicant has 21 days to appeal an application rejection or benefits revocation. The unemployment office then schedules an administrative hearing at which the applicant can present evidence like a termination letter or testimony from a co-worker who witnessed the firing.
If the administrative hearing officer upholds the decision to deny or revoke unemployment benefits, the applicant can pursue a further appeal by filing a lawsuit with the nearest state Court of Common Pleas. At no point during the application or appeals process can a person be denied access to unemployment attorneys.
Many of the unemployment appeals that Coffman Legal handles involve Columbus and Franklin County residents who lost their jobs due to discrimination or in retaliation for reporting problems related to discrimination, illegal pay practices, or safety. Employers will tell the unemployment office that these individuals did their work poorly, missed shifts without permission, or mistreated co-workers. What the employers are really doing is providing excuses for violating their former employees’ rights.
If you think you could qualify for such unemployment benefits compensation, call Coffman Legal at (614) 949-1181 or connect with us online to set up a free, no-pressure appointment with our Columbus-based unemployment and wrongful termination attorneys.