New York and New Jersey have a State Department of Labor Division responsible for handling unemployment insurance cases. When an employee is terminated for an action that rises to the level of misconduct, it may disqualify an employee from receiving unemployment benefits. Not all terminations justify a disqualification from unemployment benefits. If you believe your former employee has made an unjustified claim for unemployment benefits, it may be smart to consult with a lawyer to determine whether it will be worthwhile to pursue an appeal to the Department of Labor’s initial determination. We have experience in representing clients in unemployment hearings.