Will I win my first unemployment hearing after quitting my job?
I had been working at my previous company for almost 7years. After my maternity leave and collecting Paid Family Leave benefits, I had asked my employer if I could extend my leave, but at the same time I told him I would need to apply for Unemployment benefits.
He asked, "don't you need to be fired or laid off to be approved?"
This was my first time and I didn't know the procedure. He asked me to check back with him when I do apply. So, I applied online and was only given three options to pick from on why I was not working: 1) laid off 2) fired 3) quit.
I called him and asked what I should put down on the application so that our answers would match the interview. (I do not like to lie) He replied with, "neither. you chose to take care of your baby". So, I was surprised that that would be his answer and had to check off 'I quit' as my reason.
After the interview, of course, I was denied. My reason for taking care of my baby was not a valid reason to be eligible for Unemployment benefits. I decided to ask my employer if I could come back to work and he replied back that my position was already taken. Shocked that that was his answer, of course I started looking for work.
I appealed and am claiming benefits from the time I had been denied to the time I started working at my now, new company because I did search for work. My court hearing is next week and I'm hoping that I will get approved.
What do you think my chances are in this case and what else should I present to the court, other than proof of all the emails I had sent out with my resume?