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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Seattle Unemployment Insurance

If you lose your job, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Employment Security Department (http://esd.wa.gov) or ESD. The initial application can be filed and completed online at https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/webic/intropage.aspx?Lang=en-us. After you complete the application, ESD will contact you and let you know if your application was approved or denied. If your claim is approved, you will receive payments from ESD that is calculated based upon your individual circumstances.

If you are denied unemployment benefits, you are then entitled to file an appeal and have a hearing before an administrative judge who will decide whether or not you are eligible for benefits. You must file your appeal within 30 days of the initial decision. You must also continue filing your weekly claims, even while you wait for a hearing. ESD’s website explains this process and your rights and responsibilities – https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/benefit-denials-and-appeals.

Our attorneys can help you with your appeal and guide you through the process of pursuing an appeal. In order to show that you are eligible for unemployment benefits, you must meet several criteria including the following:

  • You were employed at least 680 hours in your base year of employment;
  • Your job was terminated for reasons beyond your control and were not due to gross misconduct on your part;
  • You are able to and eligible to work; and
  • You are legally allowed to work in the United States.

If you meet these criteria and were denied unemployment benefits, feel free to contact our firm for a consultation. Depending on your individual circumstances, our unemployment appeals attorneys may be able to help you or point you in the right direction. In addition to unemployment claims, we also represent victims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment and workplace discrimination.

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