You should have an attorney assist you with your appeal.
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I agree, you should seek the assistance of an attorney. If yoi are cobsidering a discrimination claim, keep on mind you have a very short time frame to file with the eeoc and or the phrc. Also you have pnly two weeks to appeal a decision of the uc referee
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Have you had a Referee decision yet? It sounds like you can win UC and you may have a race discrimination claim. While it is "legal" to dismiss someone because of tardiness, you may be able to win an UC hearing if you were not given notice. It seems like the Employer's story has several holes, which can be helpful in a UC case as well as a discrimination case. You should call an experienced employment lawyer.
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Wusinich & Brogan