Unemployment Appeals

Minnesota Unemployment Appeals Lawyers

Unemployment benefits provide a laid-off employee with vital financial support during the transitional period between jobs. It can enable you to make your mortgage payments, continue to have health care insurance and provide spare cash to meet daily expenses.

If your unemployment benefits claim has been denied by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), you have the right to appeal this decision. You should consider having legal representation, because the information you provide in your initial appeal hearing will be the only evidence considered in this and any subsequent appeals.

Unemployment Appeals Keeping You Up at Night? Let Us Represent You

Villaume & Schiek, P.A., is a team of employment law attorneys that represents laid-off employees in unemployment benefits appeals. For a reasonable fee, we will protect your rights and seek to obtain approval of your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.

To obtain unemployment benefits, you must complete an application with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Your former employer has the right to contest your application.

Following an adverse decision regarding the unemployment benefits application, the appeals process generally proceeds in this fashion:

First-Level Hearing — This is usually a telephone hearing before an unemployment law judge. Our goal in this hearing will be to reverse the denial of your claim. We can provide additional information, cross-examine witnesses who support your case and challenge the assertions of your former employer.

Request for Reconsideration — If the judge issues an adverse decision, we can file a written request, pointing out facts that the judge may have overlooked or misinterpreted.

Court of Appeals Hearing — We can represent you in an appeal before the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The Benefits of Legal Representation

Some of the reasons you should consider retaining Villaume & Schiek, P.A., include the following:

  • Having a lawyer represent you tells the judge that you are serious about your case.
  • You have only one opportunity to provide the judge with relevant information.
  • We understand the appeals process, and how to collect and present information that addresses the unemployment law judge’s concerns.
  • Reversing an adverse unemployment decision can protect your professional reputation and enable you to avoid embarrassing questions during your job search.
  • Villaume & Schiek, P.A., charges reasonable fees.
  • If you were the victim of illegal employment practices, such as employment discrimination or workplace retaliation, we can represent you in a separate civil action, seeking additional compensation for you.

Contact Villaume & Schiek, P.A., in Bloomington for a free consultation with a Minnesota unemployment appeals attorney.