What can I tell you about getting fired and trying to collect unemployment benefits .. except to say ..
Count yourself lucky you're not the moving party, therefore, will not be assigned the burden of proof when/if you make it to the tribunal unemployment appeal hearing,
Most claimants of benefits, who have been fired, wind up at tribunal unemployment hearings only after being initially allowed benefits ..
This is because it's employers who
disagree most frequently and have no fear of exercising their appeals rights to correct the situation.
The sad fact is employees, who are denied unemployment
benefits with the initial determination, have the exact same right to appeal, but fail to use this right for various reason .. not the least of which is that our society has attached negative connotations to anyone collecting unemployment.
However, when employees do appeal they go to the hearing without even knowing it's the employer that must sustain their burden that the cause, or the reason for a discharge from a job was actually something that reached something that can be interpreted to be intentional, or willful work related misconduct.
Clearly, I do not know at this point whether whatever caused you to be fired rises to my idea miscondcut, but I am a reasonable person .. and I'd furst be interested to know how you think your employer will try to prove you guilty.
I know from job experience, documenting guilt is sometimes formulated exercise that creates the perception of guilt to weight spoken testimony leading to a finding at a hearing by a preponderance .. not beyond a shadow of doubt..
So, the questions you should ask yourself before if you end up at a tribunal hearing ...
Knowing what I know, how would I try to prove me guilty?
Does my former employer's burden have an inherent weakness I can exploit either with a witness, or a document that contradicts the story I think they will tell ?
Did they warn me my job was in jeopardy according to their own procedures in the employee handbook?
Do I need to accept accountability for getting fired?
There is always a counter argument, but even when you don't have the burden to prove misconduct, you have the burden to prove the employer can rightly be held at fault for the termination without good cause. at the one and only chance most people have to get, or keep UI benefits.
It's called a full fact finder or tribunal unemployment hearing and by the way .. board appeals are not second chances to go over the facts of the case, but to go over the errors made by the tribunal hearing officer that somehow interrupted one or more rights you have to due process duriing the hearing.
Take your time , explore some questions and answers about getting fired.
I try to explain the difference between a discharge for work related misconduct, and ideas about how you might show it was for something other than it