My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: California
I was fired from my job, and filed for unemployment and was approved for unemployment benefits.
I then started receiving benefits, and continued to look for a job. Eventually I got a new job and stopped receiving the benefits.
About a month later I receive a notice in the mail saying my employer is contesting my unemployment claim, but it said I would be responsible for paying back any benefits received after the notice date.
I stopped receiving benefits over a month before the date of that notice, and haven't restarted receiving benefits since.
The employer is contesting the claim because they do not want to pay additional taxes as the result of my unemployment claim.
My question is, do I have anything to worry about regarding this claim? There is an appeal scheduled, but I do not feel it is necessary for me to attend since the letter did not state that benefits that I had already received are being compromised. The employer is trying to say that my misconduct was excessively bad, or some such, and I do not agree with that I feel I was doing my job. But what does it matter to me if there is nothing saying I have to pay back the benefits I already received.
The letter says the hearing will discuss 1) Should the employer's reserve account be charged for any benefits paid. 2) did the claimant voluntarily leave without good cause (that didn't happen, I was fired). Was the claimant discharged for misconduct connected with his/her most recent work. (I attest no, the former employer is saying otherwise).
Do I have anything to be worried about here? Thank you for any input.