Q: I have appealed a denial of unemployment benefits, this goes to an ALJ.
Is the former employer required to send me a list of the charges they used in the initial hearing which resulted in the denial ? I was not aware of the information they used against me at this telephone hearing. I will be 65 in April. I showed up to work and was told I was terminated. Eventually they told me, and I quote: " Management is taking a different approach to management and you do not fit in". I gathered up all my stuff and then went back in and asked. I did not get a straight answer, but they did mention I had created a "Hostile" work environment. That statement was so far off. I have been one of the few that have made strives to improve our workplace environment. I have 18 witnesses I would like to participate in this Telephone hearing. The problem is only my previous employer has these phone numbers and has so far not furnished them to me. They have not given me a list of charges or who made the charges. How can I defend myself ? What is your recommendation please ?
A: You could consider submitting interrogatories and document requests to the employer seeking the information you desire. Those are allowed under the administrative rules that govern contested unemployment benefits appeals. You could also review the administrative rules to determine how you can compel the participation of any current employees that you wish to use as a witness. If you aren't able to retain a lawyer, the staff at Iowa Workforce Development's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau and the information on its website will be your best sources.
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