I have been unemployed for 2 years now. I have tried all the alternatives to apply and noone has replied. TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) has denied the benefits because agency said I Quit. So now, my question, could it be my age, background or what? People say theres alot of jobs but where?
I reported to work one morning and the owner kept his dog in the office where the employees clock in and out of and the dog ran out and I was told that I had to go get him and put him back in the office and I refused and I was told to go home.
I am depressed and miserable I have no job I have no income unemployment cut me off after not giving me three payments I have bills to pay I have kids to feed and I can’t do any of that. I’m embarrassed and I feel less of a man right now I can’t even take care of my family
Unemployment is a total joke I take care of two children my grandson is six and he's autistic and he's got to sleeping disorder and my granddaughter is two and a half and because I answered one question wrong they turned me down knowing that I have two children to take care of and one of them has disabilities and then when I wrote in my appeal they said I missed too many days and I said I missed too many days due to the fact that I take care of a mentally challenged child who has a sleeping disorder and when he does not sleep all night long I have to keep him home because he turns violent because of lack of sleep this is why I miss so many days the job knew it but they're denying it ever happened so they don't have to pay oh crap
Need advice: I'll start with this...
I joined a company (I'll leave the company name out for privacy reasons) back in 2019 and I LOVED it. I never had any attendance or performance issues during my 2 years working for this company NOR during all of my 28 years of working for six other companies. I started working at 16 years old and I am now 44. More importantly, I've never been written up, terminated or even came close to it until It happened to me this year. I am very respectful, professional, energetic, honest and the reasoning I was terminated is still unfathomable.
In a nut shell:
The company I worked for is a husband and wife owned company in Los Angeles, both in their mid 60's. I worked as a consumer relations specialist and enjoyed my job very much. I was renting a house in L.A (owner of the house was aware) and I had an empty room available for rent. I reached out to my co-workers and asked them if they knew of anyone looking for a place to live and to my surprise, one of my co-workers best friends was interested and since I was familiar with this girl, it was a perfect fit, one that I felt comfortable about moving in opposed to bringing in a stranger.
I met this girl Jenn (new roommate) 13 years ago when i moved to Los Angeles. She is a very nice, beautiful, smart and very outgoing woman. Jenn met the owners of the company approx 7 years ago and they became friends. When I started working for the company 2 years ago, became friends with a co-worker who is close friends with Jenn and this is how I was reunited with Jenn who soon became a roommate. Jenn does not gossip nor does she have a bad bone in her body. She never once made mention that her and the owners wife had a disagreement, she only spoke good things about both the owner and his wife. I was unaware that there was some conflict between Jenn and the owners wife because it was never mentioned to me.
What triggered the owners wife to wrongfully and unfairly terminate me: I posted two separate pictures of co-workers from the company who share the same Birthday followed by another post of my new roommate, Jenn and I celebrating her move in to the house and the following morning, this is when the owners wife screamed at me, calling me every name in the book and told me to F-off and find another job. I was called a F- liar, a snake and all the extremely mean and cruel things that aren't true but they hurt. The owners wife got upset with me because I did not ask her for her approval or permission to have Jenn move in. Again, this is my personal life and whatever happened between her and Jenn is none of my business and it was never made my business. The other issue she mentioned during her very abusive phone call was that I befriended employees from the office and she doesn't like that. Isn't that what co-workers do? Correct me if I am wrong, please! She got upset that I posted Birthday "shout outs" to my co-worker friends before she had the chance to do it and told me that making friends with other co-workers is not allowed. Speechless. I felt like I was in Junior high again with this behavior and this is exactly why she terminated me.
Side note: I'm sorry, I didn't know that I had to ask anyone for permission to allow ANYONE to move into my home that I pay rent for. In my mind, I thought, is this really happening right now?
She would not give me a chance to speak and as you can imagine, I was in tears and thought that this was a horrible nightmare that I was having. That phone call was followed by an awful text message from the owners wife which caused me a lot of emotional distress. An HR friend of mine, suggested that I don't respond back and to take screen shots of the text messages she sent which I'm glad I did. Shortly after, I tried to reach out to her husband, the owner but my calls and texts were avoided. The company does not have an HR department so I literally had no one to call to discuss this with. The Owner (husband) finally had his assistant call me to apologize and tell me to hold tight and that his wife is having a bad day and to give her some time to cool off and even made a joke that he's been verbally abused by her and fired many times so not to worry.
Well, I was called back at a later time and was told that the owners wife didn't want me to come back and that I will no longer be getting paid. My direct deposit was cut off along with my health benefits that Friday. Note: They do not offer health benefits but when I was interviewed, I was told that they would make an exception to pay for my health benefits which I was very appreciative of and they also asked me to not share this with other employees. I sent emails to the owner and received no response. I wasn't given any termination documentation with the reasoning for terminating me. I was completely avoided and being treated like this was a pretty awful feeling and experience.
My claim through unemployment was denied by the company I and their reasoning was: Personality differences. I am obviously on a waiting list to get interviewed by EDD and thank God, I saved all the abusive text messages that has caused me a lot of emotional distress. I am still in disbelief that some employers in California can get away with this type of abusive, unprofessional and unethical behavior to their hard working employees.
Something I'd like to add: This company doesn't have a company policy handbook, doesn't have an HR department or lead, they pay any employees who work over time in cash rather than reporting this through the payroll system, They do not have a clock in/out system and they do not follow any break laws, most if not ALL of the employees are full time and they only provide health benefits if you ask. They don't provide sick leave, PTO, vacation, dental, health or vision. If you ask to take a day off, they make you feel very guilty.
Sorry for the novel but I am still very deeply shocked by all of this...
Please understand that I am NOT looking to sue this company. I just want them to be ethical, honest and run their company legally and treat their employees much better. I was terminated by the wife of the owner and if he did the right thing and approved my unemployment, I wouldn't be here writing about this today. Allegedly, the owner does not like to pay out unemployment and fights to dispute all employee claim cases because he doesn't want his unemployment insurance to go up. He doesn't lay employees off, he waits for something small to happen so that he can terminate them, preventing them to not get any unemployment.
Another employee (sweet as can be and equally as a hard worker) was screamed at and terminated because she planned an office holiday "after work" outing and didn't invite the owners wife and she forced her husband, the owner to go into the office and fire her. This poor girl nearly had a nervous breakdown :(
Thank you for reading any advice is greatly appreciated.
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