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I filed unemployment and received a letter stating I have an

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Hello I filed unemployment and received a letter stating I have an phone interview in reference to them appealing it
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Md
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: When I filed they asked me why was I discharged I explained their rules on if you miss verification of callers 3 times you were discharged
JA: I'm just trying to get information to help you.
Customer: Ok
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: That I have had other issues with the company in ref to harassment prior to discharge
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  John replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  John replied 8 months ago.

The employer appears to be alleging your work performance was misconduct, which really isn't the case...but they are allowed to appeal as a matter of right (i.e., the agency has to hear the appeal). “misconduct”, as used in section , “is a substantial breach by the employee of an important duty or obligation owed to the employer, willful or wanton in character, and tending to injure the employer”.
The test for misconduct is essentially volitional. “The conduct may be harmful to the employer’s interests and justify the employee’s discharge; nevertheless, it evokes the disqualification for unemployment insurance benefits only if it is willful, wanton or equally culpable.” . Only, “An employee’s deliberate disobedience of a lawful and reasonable instruction of the employer, related to the employer’s business, is misconduct”. However, mere mistakes, like you made in this instance, do not constitute misconduct. You, therefore, in defense of the appeal only need to state that the verification misses were merely accidental, not intentional and not with an intent to harm the employer for certain. Their harassing you prior to this really isn't relevant to the matter, except as to argue the missed verification weren't even the real reason for termination.

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