How to Appeal an Unemployment Decision in Tennessee

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In the State of Tennessee, unemployment compensation claims are handled by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Tennessee employers across the state pay into this fund, which provides workers some security against the prospect of losing a job due to no fault of their own. The business community benefits as well, because displaced workers are not left destitute and can continue as a market for goods and services. There are criteria that must be met to qualify for unemployment benefits that sometimes result in judgment calls on the part of the Department. Occasionally, you may need to appeal an unemployment compensation decision.

Act quickly. Any appeals to an unemployment decision in Tennessee must be filed within 15 days of receiving written notification of the department's ruling.

Compile necessary information. To consider your appeal decision, the appeals board will need to know the specifics of the reason you left your last job. You'll need to identify your last employer and include any documentation you have concerning your termination or resignation, including doctors' notes, if applicable. If you are appealing a compensation calculation, you will need to document your qualifying wages earned during your entire base period. Gather tax returns, pay stubs, W-2 forms and anything else that will help you document your case.

Log on to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development ( to complete or download the appeals form.

Appeal in writing. All appeals to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development must be in writing, or via the online appeals form. If you prefer, you can write them at the following address:

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Employment Security, Appeals Tribunal 220 French Landing Drive, Nashville TN 37245-0600.

If you choose to use a letter in lieu of the online appeals form, you may wish to send a certified letter, which will provide you with proof of receipt. Alternatively, you may send your appeal by FAX to 615-741-8933.


  • Be sure to include your Social Security number on all correspondence with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.