Unemployment Benefits Skills Lab Prevails in First Hearing

The Unemployment Benefits Skills Lab won its first hearing on the appeal of the denial of the client’s claim for unemployment compensation benefits. The Appeals Referee reversed the denial of benefits, finding that the employer’s claim that the client committed misconduct connected with the work was based only on hearsay evidence, such that the employer did not meet its burden of proof. The client had been employed by the employer for 10 years at the time of termination and was very grateful for the representation that the Skills Lab provided on a pro bono basis.

Students Holly Bayham, Ben Kelly, Lauren Gerena, Jonathan Toomey and Joshua Funk participated in the client interview, preparation for the hearing and attended the hearing. Soon, they will be representing clients at hearings, under the supervision of their professor. Special recognition goes to student Danitza Gonzales, who is the Lab’s TA, and who has worked as an Appeals Referee, for her insight and assistance with the hearing preparation.