Need advice on unemployment case denial

I was recently given ultimatum from VP of sales on a job I have been at for 1 year. ‘Resign, or be put on a 30 day sales plan I guarantee you won’t be able to meet.’ They offered me 2 weeks severance if I resigned. I said NO, I can’t quit because I have a family and if I quit I won’t be able to collect unemployment. So, I called in HR, who promised me they would not contend unemployment. I still did not officially resign, but verbally said I would leave the company. I filed for unemployment and they contended it and told Ohio unemployment I quit. Therefore it was denied. That’s not fair game.

Asked on October 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

1) You can appeal the denial internally within the agency: go to the agency website or contact them by phone to inquire into the appeals process.
2) If your appeal in-agency is denied, you have the right to file a legal action and bring the matter to court and let a judge decide; you should be able to get information about that, too, from the agency, though since such an appeal can be procedurally difficult or complex, you may wish to hire a lawyer who handles such matters to help you.


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