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Experienced Unemployment Compensation Dispute Lawyers
If you have recently lost your job, you are likely eligible for unemployment benefits. If your initial claim for benefits was denied, however, an experienced employment law lawyer can help you prepare a compelling claim for benefits at a hearing or appeal. Samuel J. Cordes is based in Pittsburgh and helps people across western Pennsylvania receive the unemployment benefits they need.
There are up to three stages in any claim for unemployment benefits. You first apply for benefits. If your claim for benefits is denied, you can have a hearing. If your claim for unemployment benefits is denied at your hearing, you can appeal. Our attorneys have helped many people recover unemployment benefits in both hearings and appeals. In many cases, our investigation will show that you may have been let go from your job for an unlawful reason. If that is the case, our lawyers can represent you in a legal claim against your former employer.
When Can I Receive Unemployment Benefits?
In short, you should be entitled to receive unemployment benefits if you lose your job for any reason other than intentional or willful misconduct. Even if you quit your job, you are entitled to unemployment compensation if you resigned for what the law calls a “necessitous and compelling reason.” For instance, if you quit because of sexual harassment or some other illegal actions by your employer, you may still be eligible for unemployment benefits. Courts have a great deal of discretion in these types of cases. It is best to work with a lawyer who understands the law and can put forth a persuasive claim on your behalf.