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Preparing for an Unemployment Referee Hearing

If you have been denied unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, the appeal process can be complicated, and it can be challenging to prepare for a Referee Hearing without legal assistance. At Manes & Narahari LLC, we specialize in unemployment benefits appeals and can help you prepare for your upcoming Referee Hearing. Here’s how we can help.

Understanding the Referee Hearing Process

Before we begin preparing for your Referee Hearing, it’s essential to understand the process. The Referee Hearing is a legal proceeding in which you can present evidence and testimony to support your claim for unemployment benefits. The hearing is conducted by a referee who will make a decision based on the evidence presented.

Preparing Your Case

Preparing for a Referee Hearing involves gathering and presenting evidence that supports your claim for unemployment benefits. Our attorneys will work with you to collect the necessary evidence, such as pay stubs, termination notices, and witness statements. We will also prepare you for your testimony, so you know what to expect and can present your case effectively.


During the Referee Hearing, the employer’s representative will have the opportunity to cross-examine you and any witnesses you may call. Cross-examination can be challenging, especially for those who are not familiar with legal proceedings. Our attorneys will help you prepare for cross-examination by reviewing potential questions and helping you craft effective responses.

Legal Arguments

In addition to presenting evidence and testimony, the Referee Hearing may also involve legal arguments. Our attorneys are experienced in unemployment benefits law and can make legal arguments on your behalf. We can also help you understand the legal issues involved in your case, so you can make informed decisions about your testimony and evidence.


If the Referee Hearing does not result in a favorable decision, you may have the right to appeal to the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review. Our attorneys can help you file an appeal and represent you in any further legal proceedings. We will continue to advocate for your right to unemployment benefits and work to achieve a positive outcome.


Preparing for a Referee Hearing can be a daunting task, but with the help of experienced attorneys, you can present a strong case and increase your chances of receiving unemployment benefits. At Manes & Narahari LLC, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you prepare for your Referee Hearing and navigate the appeals process. If you need assistance with an unemployment benefits appeal, contact us today at 412-626-5626 or email us at to schedule a free consultation.

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