Generally, if a claim is initially disallowed, the employee can request reconsideration. At that point, the Department of Job and Family Services makes another decision. If the claim is still disallowed, the employee-claimant can appeal to the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission. At that point a hearing officer will conduct an evidentiary hearing, usually over the telephone but sometimes in-person if requested by one of the parties. Once the hearing officer rules, an appeal can be made to the Review Commission itself, and from there a losing party can appeal to the common pleas court.
Your question does not indicate at which step your unemployment compensation claim is pending. Assuming you still have appeal rights, you should appeal a decision that disallowed your claim. As the paperwork you received probably indicated, a person who is terminated is entitled to unemployment compensation benefits unless the employer shows it had just cause for the termination. The facts of your case as set forth in your question suggest to me that your employer did not have just cause, so I think it would probably be worthwhile to appeal. You should consult a lawyer to determine if you need representation at the hearing step or in the court appeal, and what the costs of that representation would be.
Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice. It is merely intended to provide general information to aid the poster in finding answers to the problem posed. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship. In most cases, it is best to contact an attorney directly to find answers to your problems.
You do have the right to appeal the decision, if you feel that your termination was not for just cause. Without knowing the specific facts of your case, I cannot determine whether it will be worthwhile to pursue an appeal and, of course, there is no guarantee that the UCRC would find in your favor.
I would recommend that you speak with an employment attorney who can answer your specific questions, and, if you do decided to pursue an appeal, assist you through the hearing process.
Lori A. Strobl
Strobl & Associates, Co. L.P.A.
1015 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, Ohio 45459
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