I have an unemployment interview this Friday and I need help to know how I can go about showing them that I am truly eligible for benefits. Here is the situation: I was fired in October 2011 for being late to a night shift as a unit coordinator at a hospital/office. This all happened after extreme discrimination by my boss. I was given unfair scheduling, my promotion was randomly taken away, and she asked me to retake a test that I did well on simply because she did not believe that I did well despite another manager verifying it (and many more things.) I took this to HR but unfortunately I had to take it to them while also defending my position because the day after all of the harassment came to a climax I was late to work (August 2011 evening shift) because of all the stress from my boss and inability to sleep. After weeks of administrative leave, they did not fire me and said they would not count my lateness as a "no show" and they gave me back the promotion I was supposed to have. The second late situation in October was due to (I believe) retaliation from my boss because despite being told by her boss that she needed to let me be a part of the self scheduling that I missed while on administrative leave, she did not allow me. Therefore I had to create a non ideal schedule by switching with a coworker. Longer story to that part. Anyway they fired me after that last one stating that I was warned not to do it again and I did. I was then denied unemployment which I did not apply for until January 2012 because after being fired I was completely depressed (seeing doctor for this) and knew that I would not be emotionally able to deal with the appeal process because of all the horrible memories and stress it would bring up with my boss. I went through the appeal process and won on April 19. The judge stated "The employer failed to meet its burden of proving that the claimant intentionally disregarded the employer's interest. The claimant's action therefore does not constitute misconduct under unemployment law. The claimant was discharge for reasons other than misconduct connected with her most recent work. Accordingly, she is qualified for benefits under code section 1256." I did not think I would win the hearing despite having tons of proof that my firing was not fair but I did win. I had been filling out the claim forms prior to the April ruling and had been looking for full time work but had not applied to places directly for various reasons. One being most places hiring unit coordinators were at my old employers, I did not feel like I could put my unit coordinator position on resume since I was fired and also feared my boss would retaliate with any inquires from potential employers, and despite being able to work I was having a lot of emotional issues being able to actually apply and deal with the massive amounts of paper work that came in from unemployment. So my question to you is, what can I do on this interview. Initially, I was told that there would be an appeal for two specific weeks where I was told to note being out of town. I was only out for part of those two weeks but was denied for both of them. That is now in an appeal process. Then out of no where I found out about this other interview that I missed and did not know about and about what seems to be all of my eligibility at risk. I don't k now if the interview is only about the past before the appeal therefore retroactive benefits or about my eligibility forever…they couldn't/wouldn't answer me on that over the phone. I assumed that if they denied my forms from prior to winning the appeal that they would at least accept them after when I filled them out correctly/with more detail but they have stopped sending me any forms and said that that is what the interview is for. Ultimately I feel like they are penalizing me for prior to winning appeal. I could have not filled out any forms and just waited until winning and then started my claims but I filled them out as best I could during those few months before winning. I would like to be able to receive my benefits during that time because I was actually looking but at least I would like to be able to receive my benefits from winning the hearing on out. Now that I can put the job on my resume, I have had a better ability to apply to jobs in my recent health field and others. Prior to being fired my most recent job was in 2006 because I was in art school from 2006-2009 so after being fired I felt unhireable in the health and office field because I had nothing to show for it. I am worried that they will deny me of future benefits despite me being able to now actually apply to jobs in my field. I don't feel like I knew enough about what they needed from me first time around and now I was wondering if you could give me advise on how to approach this interview and do you believe that a note from my doctor explaining the situation would be helpful to explain my job (cont.)
search process from January until I won my appeal in April.
I missed an interview with them on April 6th because I didn't know about it. Just like my interview this Friday, I was not notified about it in enough to time to plan and be available. I only know about my interview this Friday because I called for another question and they alluded to it. On their website I asked for another interview after I figured out that I missed the one in April. Having some insight to what they are wanting to hear from me and what I need to present would be helpful. Based on the last one that I missed, these are the questions they are interested in knowing the answers to: What kind of work are you trying to find, what work experience or training do you have for this kind of work? Are there any reasons you could not go to work if a job was offered (unacceptable wages, hours, shifts, distance, no license, etc.)? Did you contact any employers to apply for work? What kind of work did you apply for and what were the results? If you did not contact any employers, why not? If you are a union member, did you contact your union to register for work?
I hope that this makes sense.
Thank you for all the help you can give me.