Former employer is fighting my unemployment benefits – Now what?

February 23, 2010 at 12:57 am in Work & Money by Beach angel


I have had the awful experience of working with an dysfunctional employer as well as being in a hostile environment.  I have had so much rotten luck since I moved to Florida in 2005.  My husband died in 2003.   I really want to get of this state as fast as I can and RUN!

I lost my job in 2008 and got hired to work in social services as an assistant to the director in March 09.  I don’t have a social services background.  My background is in healthcare administration.  To make a long story short I will tell you the facts.

I am 56..boss 23.   I didn’t mind working for a younger person..I was happy to have a job.  My boss hired me March 26.  She had her baby April 9, 2009 and took 3 mos off of work.  I had very little training and got help now and then from other social workers for a few hours a week.  It was rough.  Most people thought I would quit and I did not.

The boss came back mid June.  I followed her instructions on what to do.  I never received a Dept policy book to review and sign.  I never received a performance review of any kind.  However, she was trying to write me up for things she told me to do.  I never went above her to complain.  I was trying to resolve things on my own.  I am never one to rat on anyone or whine and complain.  I was just thankful to have a job.  I had lost a job a year earlier after a 3 year gig at another facility due to this rotten enconomy.

She kept trying to do me in and rebutted her comments showing I was doing my job.  I refused to sign her last notice of writing me up as it was she let me go. 

I started collecting unemployment in January.  I got a letter in today’s mail that they want to do an appeal over the phone on March 5th.   I don’t understand this appeal as I did not have enough time to collect unemployment benefits against this employer.  I only worked for them for 9 mos. I worked for the previous employer 3 years.  I had collected unemployment from the previous employer before I was hired in March 09 in Social Services.  This is all very confusing to me.

Even so, I need someone in my corner as I did not do anything wrong. This director made comments to me that she was “covering her ass” and that I was used while she was gone on maternity leave.  she also made comments that “a bunch of bitches work here” which later she turned out to be one herself.

I have never EVER worked in such a dysfunctioinal job in my 20 years in in healthcare.  This is the worst job I ever had..PERIOD.

The letter states that I did not follow policy and procedures but everything that was given to me was pretty much verbally.  Why did they keep me for 9 mos..hmmm?  Sounds too fishy to me.

Why did it take them 9 mos to figure out I wasn’t what they wanted.  Now I face this hearing on March 5th.  The problem is I am in a right to work state…and I don’t see how any attorney is going to be able to help me.  I called one today.  I am in no postion to pay back that money as I am already hanging on a thread.

My former employer called me for for phone interview at at a major university I worked at in another state.  I am ready to go back.  I don’t care about my house anymore.  I don’t care about stuff!  I have a girlfriend in that state who is welcoming me with open arms..and I feel weird about it as I never had to do this as I am a very self sufficient woman.  I will do what I need to do, though.

How do you guys think I should handle this appeals hearing.  The letter said they are bringing witnesses. There are no witnesses.  It was just me and the director. I need someone to be in my corner and furthermore a phone interview is not sitting well with me.  I need to a face to face meeting.  Even though this is a right to work state I feel I am wronged!  I have letters of recommendation about my previous character and how the great work I did in my former jobs.

This is very wrong and I am not sure what to do.  I placed a call with an attorney.  The lesson I learned was I should have went to HR when this stuff started.  I am not use to this kind of behavior in the work place as I am a get along go along gal and never cause problems at work. 

I need some advice!