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Is it virtually impossible to appeal EDD benefits successfully, when terminated from an Indian Casino for "Misconduct?"

Sacramento, CA |

Terminated from "Indian Casino" on 10/31/12, for "Misconduct." Denied Benefits from CA EDD under Title 22, Sections 1256 & 1260A EDD. Once termed "Misconduct" by an employer, it appears tough to prove otherwise. I just filed my 1st appeal with EDD and am awaiting date. The casino stated that I was rude to a guest, 3rd incidence within 12 month period; once in prior 3 years. The guest was highly belittling to myself however, the security tape shows body language i.e., facial expressions which they deemed as inappropriate; I said nothing verbally that could be construed as derogatory, racial, or otherwise to the guest. I just received my annual employee review from the casino 10/22/2012, stating that I was "friendly and outgoing and an asset to the casino."...Am I wasting my time here?

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Not wasting your time. The burden is on the employer to prove serious and willful misconduct at work.

You may get a sympathetic hearing judge who understands that it is hard to give service with a smile when you are provoked in a hostile manner.

Best regards,


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File the appeal and go to the hearing prepared to present your past reviews and your facts. EDD does not always get it right the first time.

Good luck


Once you get your hearing date, attend the hearing and make your best effort to present all of your evidence and explanation of your circumstances. The ALJ may or may not find that the evidence rises to the level of a serious or willful misconduct disqualifying you from benefits. The State of California EDD also has some helpful information online; you might want to review all that for preparation prior to the hearing - If it is economically feasible, you might also wish to seek confidential consultation from an employment attorney in your area. Keep in mind that details posted on this site are not confidential and can be accessed by anyone, including your employer. Good luck!

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