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Hi and welcome to JA.Ray here to help you today.
You may well prevail on appeal.You can explain the circumstances and set out why the statement was incorrect or that it was coerced.Overall the hearing officer may be more friendly to you as the applicant for benefits.I would not let them scare you away from a hearing here.
Hearing officers in my experience tend to be pretty liberal, if this was coercion they will recognize it here and grant you benefits.It is pretty common for employers to abuse the system and intimidate employees.
I think you still have a good chance to prevail at appeal and receive benefits.I would keep going here hoping for a better outcome based on your testimony.
I am so sorry that you have had to endure all of this.I think you may yet prevail with the hearings officer given your testimony and version of how they extracted the statement .
I appreciate the chance to help you today.I wish you the best with the appeal and everything.