Please find my first attempt at a letter of appeal below. I suspect it is too detailed and too long. Also, I did not make reference to the fact that I voluntarily worked without pay while out on short term disability for the two weeks prior to receiving that fated phone call. I also did not mention that I received an unexpected paycheck from my employer for this time or that I voided and returned it. Mentioning this would allow me to further demonstrate my loyalty to the company, but it would also make the letter even longer. I am concerned with the potential implications by ommitting this information. Would you please provide opinion on this? Thank you for your time. ~ Kenda
Letter of appeal:
I am writing to appeal the refusal of my unemployment benefits. I disagree with the Department’s decision, dated 10/30/12, because I submitted my immediate resignation under duress. The comments I made to my employer were made in the heat of the moment and it was not my intent to terminate our employment relationship. Furthermore, my efforts to withdraw my resignation were met with stall tactics from my employer. Please consider the following details.
I have been employed by Drapinski TV in the capacity of Operations Manager for more than 10 years. My immediate supervisor was Ron Drapinski Jr., however I also reported to Sherry Drapinski with respect to bookkeeping matters.
On 08/09/12 I submitted a letter to Ron and Sherry to notify them of some pending medical appointments, specifically a doctor appointment scheduled for 4:30pm on 08/27/12. Additionally, I noted the appointments on our attendance calendar per company policy. While I was at home, I received a late night phone call from Sherry Drapinski at 10:25pm on 08/26/12. According to my Caller ID, the call was made from Ron Drapinski Jr.’s cellular phone, so it was his voice I anticipated hearing. When I answered the phone, Sherry shouted, “What’s this I hear that you are trying to take the day off [tomorrow], so you can make an appointment with your doctor?” I started to explain to her that I had made the appointment nearly three weeks prior and that I did not need the entire day off. Before I could finish speaking, she cut me off, still yelling, told me to be quite and that I would listen to her. She went on to explain, in a raised voice, why my absence would present a staffing problem. When I attempted to remind her about the letter I gave to her and Ron more than two weeks earlier, she said, “How come Ron and I don’t seem to know anything about this letter?” She continued to yell. I was completely blindsided by the nature of this phone call and my emotions ran out of control. As a result, I told her I quit. This was not my intent and I am not proud of my reaction.
Sherry and Ron were on a business trip in Las Vegas, NV at the time of the call and were scheduled to return that following Thursday, 08/30/12. I thought it would be best to address the matter with Ron once he returned from his trip. At 8:26am on 08/30/12, I sent him a text message expressing my hope that he would be open to working things out. He did not reply. I also called him at 4:40pm that same day, but he was unavailable. I tried to call him again at 11:29am the next morning (08/31/12) and Sherry Drapinski answered the phone. She placed me on hold to speak with Ron, then came back to line and explained that although Ron was too busy to talk with me at that time, he would call me the following Tuesday (09/04/12) to discuss the situation. I tried to talk with Sherry about her phone call, but she made it clear that she did not want to discuss it.
I did not hear from Ron on 09/04/12, so I sent him an e-mail on 09/05/12. In the email, I respectfully XXXXX XXXXX desire to withdraw my resignation, explaining that the comments I had made to Sherry were said under duress and that it was never my intention to resign my position. I also expressed an interest to meet with him in person the next day. Ron did not respond to the e-mail, so I tried again to call him at 4:48pm on 09/06/12. He was unavailable, so I left a message. I still did not hear from him, so I called again at 12:35pm on 09/07/12 and he answered the phone. It is my belief that I never would have resigned my position had I not received that phone call from Sherry Drapinski. I wanted to talk to him about the phone call, but he refused to discuss it. Our discussion did not go smoothly and it ended in him becoming too angry to continue. I will provide the details of our discussion at your request. Before Ron ended the call, he said we would continue our discussion the following week.
By 09/12/12, I had not heard from Ron, so I called him again at 5:52pm. He was in a meeting and was unavailable, so I left a message. He again did not return my call. I came to the conclusion that his continued stalling was his way to communicate his lack of desire to work things out or accept my withdrawal of resignation. As a result, I made arrangements with a co-worker to collect my personal belongings. My coworker rounded up my things and I later learned that Ron assisted her. When I arrived to pick up my things, neither Ron nor Sherry was present.
I continued to support Drapinski TV from home until 09/21/12, by monitoring various account activities and sending important information and documents to Sherry via email. I did so out of a continued sense of loyalty and because I truly believed we could work out our differences.
Please take this information into consideration and allow me to appeal the denial of my unemployment benefits.