In Washington State, employees may be entitled to compensation from the state unemployment insurance system when they become unemployed through no fault of their own. When a person (claimant) files a claim, the Employment Security Department will determine whether the claimant is entitled to unemployment benefits. Whether the Department grants or denies the claim, both the employee and employer have a right to appeal the decision through an administrative hearing.
It is not uncommon for the Employment Security Department to incorrectly make an initial determination. When the Department denies a claim it may require the claimant to pay back the benefits it has already paid out. This can be thousands of dollars in some cases. So, an attorney’s review of the decision and services in an appeal can be quite valuable.
Whether you are considering an appeal of a denial of benefits or your employer is appealing a favorable decision, contact Raymond Mutchler to schedule a low-cost consultation.