Today, Attorney Murphy is pleased to receive an unemployment benefit hearing decision in favor of his pro bono client. The employer terminated Attorney Murphy’s client for alleged insubordination, but Attorney Murphy argued that the termination was unjust. Attorney Murphy successfully proved through direct examination of his client’s case at the hearing that there was no misconduct or violation of any workplace policies. Indeed, the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) administrative review examiner found Attorney Murphy’s client to be credible, and ruled the employer did not prove its case to establish Attorney Murphy’s client deliberately refused to perform her work duties.
Attorney Murphy notes that employers would be well-advised to seek the advice of an employment attorney prior to terminating their employees, otherwise employers will incur unnecessary expenses in contesting unemployment claims that cannot be denied.