For an unemployment appeal, how can I prove that the employer gave false testimony and bribed witnesses?

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For an unemployment appeal, how can I prove that the employer gave false testimony and bribed witnesses?

I was brought into a private office and was fired by the doctor, which was my direct supervisor. I applied for unemployment and she claimed I abandoned my job. I appealed the decision which was that I was disqualified. I went through the appeal process she claimed I abandoned the job due to the pressure. The referee’s decision was that she found the doctor’s testimony to be more credible. She provided 3 witnesses that were not present at the time of my firing. How can I prove that this was false testimony and that I was fired.

Asked on July 31, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The testimony at the time of the hearing is given great weight by the Judge hearing the matter.  This, along with testimony and whatever other proof is presented at the hearing, is all that the hearing officer has to go on.  You indicate that the witnesses were bribed.  They may just be fearful of being fired themselves.  That may be an approach to take in the appeal if actual bribery can not be proven.  Bring in witnesses of the doctor's behaviour toward employees or other employees that were also terminated for no good reason.  Show a pattern of behaviour that termination was done in private with no witnesses.  Do you have an employment file?  Were you ever reviewed and did you sign anything regarding your review?  Ask for those records to be produced.  If the doctor claims that there is no such file then bring in witnesses to indicate that there indeed was a file.  A review - good or bad - generally has to be signed by the employee to be verified as valid.  You may want to speak with an employment attorney in your area.  Good luck.


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