You should immediately file an appeal of the denial and request a hearing. The unemployment office can further guide you on the procedures that will need to be followed.
Make sure you file your appeal within 20 days of the date of mailing of the Notice of Determination. The Agency will then set your appeal for a telephone hearing - which will be conducted similar to a trial. The appeals referee will put witnesses under oath and take evidence. You have the right to request the Agency to subpoena any witnesses and documents you will need for the hearing.
The reason your employer is now alleging you committed misconduct is because the only way an employer can prevent you from getting your benefits is by proving that you committed misconduct or that you voluntarily resigned. Many of these cases are reversed at this appeal stage. Good luck.
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