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. I am afraid that if you were not able to drive for 1 year because of the accidents and the employer had no non-driving positions available, the discharge from employment was through your own fault because you could not drive because of your accidents (even though one might not have been your fault). It is a major issue in NYS because in order to be eligible for unemployment, you must have been terminated through no fault at all of your own and because there was at least one fault accident, they have the argument that the termination was based on your own fault. You will need to clarify on the application that the employer simply had no positions available for you to work, but if you put that you needed the other position because you could not drive for 1 year due to the two accidents, then unemployment will find that the termination was through your own fault. You can appeal the denial of benefits and prove that you should not have been forbidden to drive for a year because one of the two accidents was not your fault and should not have been held against you, but this would have to be done in an unemployment appeal hearing with you using a local unemployment law attorney to represent you and then it would be up to the hearing officer to determine if you should have been prevented from driving for 1 year or not and if they find you should not have been, then they will find the termination was through no fault of your own and award benefits.
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