Can a 3020-a hearing determination become the basis for the denial of unemployment insurance?

Yes. Claimant, an ATR who had been dismissed for engaging in misconduct, conduct unbecoming and/or prejudicial, insubordination and violating DOE rules filed for unemployment insurance. The Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board denied the claim and the Appellate Division, Third Department agreed.

The Court found that claimant was given a full and fair opportunity to defend herself at the 3020-a hearing and was represented by counsel. The Unemployment Board’s reliance on the facts of this hearing was proper and claimant was collaterally estopped from relitigating the matter.

In the Matter of the VERONICA TELEMAQUE, Appellant. COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, Respondent. 2017 NY Slip Op 02109 Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department.  Decided March 23, 2017.

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