I think I may need a lawyer for my unemployment appeal against me by a previous employer.
I was let go via text Message on 7/7/2011. My employer sent me the text message telling me it was time to ""part ways"" and thanking me for all my hard work. The New Jersey DOL was told that I had “quit,” and I won my first appeal since I sent the text messages to the claims examiner.
I started receiving unemployment benefits in late Sept. 2011. Almost 3 months later an appeal was filed by the employer with the DOL and they are claiming the following- Gross severe misconduct, and gross misconduct in addition to his initial statement (which prompted the claims examiner interview in September) that I left without good cause attributable to the work (voluntarily leaving).
I received Notice of Hearing in today’s mail with a telephone hearing scheduled for 1/17/2012. Do I need an attorney? I think I do.