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Unemployment - DEO

Do I Qualify for Unemployment?
  • If you lost your job through no fault of yourself, it can't be due to attendance issues, performance issues, misconduct, gross negligence, etc.
  • You must be able, ready and willing to work and you must show proof that your searching for a job.
  • You must have earned the minimum amount of wages required, best is to apply for unemployment and let the DEO determine if you meet this standard. Generally, you must have earned at least $3,400 or you just lost a new job right after leaving a previous job in which you had earned generally at least $3,400.
Where do I File for Unemployment in Florida and What is the Process?
  • You can file online here.
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity or the "DEO" processes claims for unemployment.
  • First, the DEO will make a monetary determination to confirm you earned the minimum wages required.
  • Second, the DEO will contact your former employee to get their reason for the termination or confirm if they agree with the employee's allegations.
  • Third, the DEO will make an eligibility determination based on the reason for termination.
  • If unemployment is denied, the employee has a deadline to file an appeal and at this point best to get an employment lawyer involved.
What do I do if Unemployment Claim is Denied?
  • File an appeal ASAP
  • Considering hiring a Florida Employment Lawyer to represent you at the appeal hearing.
  • You have a deadline to proof to the unemployment department AND the company
  • You only get one appeal to submit proof and witnesses so best to have an employment attorney
  • Appeal hearings are done over the phone
Hiring a Florida Employment Lawyer to help!
  • Provide copies of your application, Monetary and Eligibility Determinations, all documents submitted or received from the DEO.
  • Provide proof and witnesses. Emails, text, termination letters, contact information for witnesses.
  • Provide any deadlines that apply.
  • A flat fee is required in most cases.
Client Reviews
★★★★★
I was terminated wrongfully and reached out to Mr. Naranjo to represent me. He was quick with his replies, took his time, and got me more than I what I thought I would get in return. I strongly recommend him and his services. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Melissa
★★★★★
In the beginning I was a bit doubtful but you stuck to your word. I must say you are TRUTHFUL, PATIENT and KIND. Over the months you have built a respectful attorney/client relationship with me. I couldn't as for a better lawyer to represent me. I am so grateful to have met you. I highly recommend your services. I am an extremely happy client because of you. YOU ROCK!! Shantel
★★★★★
Alberto is an amazing attorney. He was the best lawyer I could have had to lead and protect my rights through a difficult time. I am still in shock as to how well the outcome was. I will continuously recommend him to everyone who requires legal representation. Lauren
★★★★★
Where can I actually begin. An Law Firm gets 5 across the board without a doubt because the explain everything to you step by step. They always updated me with text, email or phone calls informing me of every single move they made. Also most import, they won my case in efficient time. The best part of all, I didn't even have to do anything! Stefany
★★★★★
When issues arise in your life, its not easy choosing the right attorney. As soon as I had my first consultation, I knew Alberto was the perfect attorney for me. He is very understanding and easy to talk to. I'm very happy he was the one representing me! I highly recommend Alberto for anyone needing his services. Best choice made. Ada-C. Dias