My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Massachusetts
Back in July 2014, all within the same week, I had a nervous breakdown caused by my job, and then had a serious accident, where I was hospitalized for a week and had neck surgery. I was on disability from July 2014 up through December 2015, when I finally felt well enough to get a job and get off disability (even though I could have stayed on disability until October 2016). Per my doctors, I could not continue in the same atmosphere that I had worked for 30+ years for fear of another breakdown. So, I got a great job nearby. I started December 7, 2015. In February 2016, we were told that the company "may" be sold to a California company, but that our jobs were secure through the year. However, on 3/18/16, I was laid off. I filed for unemployment as soon as I was allowed, only to find that I was denied. I have requested an appeal. Prior to this mess, I was a successful legal secretary at some of Boston's biggest firms.
My question is, will I be able to get unemployment benefits in this kind of situation? Should I have an attorney come with me to the hearing? Any suggestions?
Thank you for your time and expertise.