When you file an unemployment insurance claim, the unemployment agency or your employer can deny the claim if they believe your unemployment is your fault or you do not meet eligibility requirements. If this occurs and you believe you are rightfully owed unemployment benefits, you have the right to appeal the decision.
Each state has its own appeal process for unemployment claims. You should start the process as quickly as possible as states limit the appeal window from 10 to 30 days after your denial notice goes in the mail. Your notice may include instructions on how to appeal and in some cases an appeal form. You should contact your State Unemployment Agency for more information on how to appeal a claim in your state.
Generally, you are asked to present your appeal at a hearing. There you are given the chance to present evidence to back up your claim and prove you qualify for benefits. Your employer will also be given the chance to present evidence supporting their side.