In New York, if you have applied for unemployment benefits and your claim has been denied, you are entitled to a fair hearing before an administrative law judge at the New York State Department of Labor (DOL). If you wish, you can be represented by a lawyer at this hearing.
A lawyer cannot charge you a fee for representing you at the hearing unless (1) you win, and (2) the fee is thereafter approved by the DOL. The rates are regulated by the DOL and are capped so that you will never pay an unreasonable fee.
Because of the limits on attorney fees, it may be difficult to find an attorney willing to represent you. But you can try the Unemployment Action Center at 212-998-6568. They are law school volunteers.
new York State's laws regulate how much an attorney can charge to handle an unemployment case, this has caused a severe limiting of how many attorneys will handle unemployment matters. It is virtually impossible to find an unemployment attorney anymore.
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