I was fired for misconduct for not taking a drug test but have several wittness to prove I did not smell of alcohol. I did not have an attorney during my ESC hearing and no one from the employer was part of the hearing. What does this mean?
Employment / Labor Attorney
Ultimately, the hearing officer will determine whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits, not your employer, so you will need to wait for a decision from that office.
However, the fact that your employer did not show up to present evidence will work in your favor, because no one was there to present contrary evidence against you during the hearing.
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The fact that you had an ESC hearing indicates that your employer is disputing your claim for unemployment compensation. Since your employer did not show up at the hearing, any evidence which you put forth at the hearing would be uncontroverted in the record. This does not mean that your employer has dropped their opposition to your receiving unemployment benefits, however, their failure to show up and respond to any evidence that you gave at the hearing will cause injury to their attempts to have your compensation claim denied.
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