If my previous employer is lying to the unemployment agency, is that legal?

I was terminated over a single typographical error on a lease I prepared so I

immediately filed for unemployment benefits. The only documentation I ever

received of my poor performance was the day I was given the termination notice.

The unemployment investigator now says my employer told them I was given

several verbal and written notices which is not true, those are things I would

keep in my records. I have the termination notice and that is all. Nothing written regarding my behavior or performance or anything was given to me. Is there any hope for me?

Asked on March 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You have the right to appeal a denial of benefits: contact the unemployment agency and/check online at their website instructions. When you do, marshall all your evidence for it: e.g. any prior positive reviews, emails, or text messages; any coworkers who may be willing to testify on your behalf; etc. If there has been no adverse determination yet, you can present any favorable evidence now, while the investigator is looking into your claim. Ultimately, it will come down to whose version is more credible or persuasive to unemployment.


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