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I was recently let go(well not so recently) it's been 12

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I was recently let go(well not so recently) it's been 12 weeks. I worked for viet at a refinery. I backed into a power line pole and I was told that the refinery said I had to be let go. So I tried to collect unemployment and was denied. I let it go at the time, but..... I am on the out of work list with the local laborers Union 563. I guess I am wondering if I should appeal. The reason for denial "gross negligence in an accident"
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Customer: Minnesota
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome. I am working on your answer and will be right back!

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 11 months ago.

why denied benefits? did company have proof of gross negligence? did you submit anything in response?

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 11 months ago.

I can suggest options including tips to prepare the appeal

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I was let go for gross negligence in an accident. I guess they can deny for that??
I filled out an accident report for the unemployment office. I'm not sure what proof they could have, or at least what could be proof. The one thing is they strongly recommend that a spotter is used when backing up and I did not...
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have not submitted anything after I was notified of the decision of denial.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 11 months ago.

If that is the reason, benefits can be denied.

But the burden of proof is on company to prove, not merely allege it.

You can appeal on basis they lack such proof and can reverse on that basis.

Mere accusations may be enough for termination, but need proof of negligence for denial of benefits.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
What would proof of the negligence be?
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 11 months ago.

witnesses, reports, affidavits, specific information confirming your misconduct, not general conclusory statements.

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 11 months ago.

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thank you.