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I worked for a construction company for over a year. I was fired for being five minutes late to work. I applied for and was denied unemployment benefits. A coworker I befriended while on the job was also fired for being five minutes late. He applied for and was granted benefits. I don't understand how two people working for the same company can be fired for the same reason and one person be disqualified while the other person is not. I did not find this information out until it was too late to appeal the decision. Is there any further action that can be taken?

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Submitted Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:55.

Your employer doesn't award you unemployment benefits; a highly dysfunctional state agency known as the Department of Unemployment Assistance makes these decisions. DUA is a state administrative agency and it conducts summary evidentiary hearings and makes findings of fact and conclusions of law based on the outcome of those hearings. Of course, those hearings are part of an appeals process that must actually be engaged by a party to the dispute. So, if you've been denied unemployment benefits based on your application, you should immediately avail yourself of your right to appeal your application and hire a lawyer to help you with the appeal.

Otherwise, you'll get bizarre results like what you described above.

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