Unemployment

Baltimore Unemployment Lawyer

If you have recently lost your job and your employer is challenging your claim for unemployment benefits or, even worse, your claim has been denied, you need to contact an attorney immediately.  It is all too common for Maryland employers to add insult to injury by not only terminating their hardworking employees, but then also challenging the terminated employee’s claim for unemployment benefits.  This simply is not right. An experienced Baltimore unemployment lawyer at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. is ready to fight on your behalf.  We don’t take “no” for an answer when it comes to our clients’ benefits.

The Appeal Process

When a claimant for unemployment insurance has been denied benefits, they have the right to an appeal so long as they timely and properly file the appeal.  If an appeal is timely and properly filed, then what’s referred to as a “Lower Appeals Hearing” will be held by a hearing examiner. The hearing examiner will hold a hearing and receive testimony, under oath, from both the claimant and their former employer. These hearings, which are recorded, can be conducted either in-person at a hearing site or over the telephone.  Following the hearing, the hearing examiner will issue a written decision.

Following an unfavorable decision from the hearing examiner, either the claimant or the former employer can appeal the decision to the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals consists of three Board members and is the last level of appeal within the Department of Unemployment Insurance.  At least two out of the three Board members must agree on each decision.  Should the claimant or the former employer desire to appeal the Board’s decision, they have thirty (30) days from the date of the Board of Appeals’ decision to file an appeal with the appropriate circuit court.

We primarily represent clients at Lower Appeals Hearings, which means that they are before a hearing examiner.  It is this initial appeal stage that is absolutely critical because the hearing examiner’s decision is given weight at the subsequent appeal levels. If your claim for unemployment benefits is being challenged by your former employer or your claim has been denied, the first thing you should do is contact a Baltimore unemployment lawyer so that we can begin to put together a strategy for you.

Unlike other types of litigation, the deadlines for filing an appeal are very short, so do not delay in seeking representation. If you wait to file an appeal, you may not be able to pursue unemployment benefits.

Our experienced unemployment attorneys will thoroughly review the facts and prepare your case for appeal.  We handle appeals hearings throughout Maryland, and we zealously advocate for our clients. We put on the best case possible so that our clients can be in the best position to get the unemployment benefits that they need to support themselves and their family during this difficult time.

Contact an Unemployment Lawyer at the Law Firm of J.W. Stafford

Working with the attorneys at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. is simple, confidential and efficient. We are experienced in counseling and representing employees who have been denied unemployment benefits in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.  When you contact us, an unemployment lawyer at our firm will thoroughly review your legal options and then put together a comprehensive strategy to achieve your goals. Contact us today via our website or call us at (410) 514-6099, so that we can put our experience to work for you.