If your employer is contesting your unemployment hearing under Kentucky law, you are entitled to a hearing. You also have the right to have an attorney representing you at that hearing.
It is often a good idea to have an attorney present. If not, you may expect to be the least knowledgeable person in the room on the subject of your legal rights and how to pursue them. The referee (i.e., decision maker, like a judge or jury) is well trained in the law charged with being impartial on the question of your legal right to benefits. The referee must give the employer a fair hearing as they present their legal and factual arguments in support of their position, contesting your benefits. Often the employer will have a human resources manager participate in the hearing. Frequently, the employer’s representatives will have participated in many similar hearings and will be very familiar with the process and the law.
Many people faced with a contest to their unemployment rights feel more comfortable when they have an attorney fighting for their interests.