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What is the alleged misconduct that you were terminated for? Were you told the reason for your termination at the time?
Also, can you tell me what the message was that you were told to (and did) relay? Did the superior deny that he or she said it?
1. Failed to follow a simple rule (by EDD)
2. I was told at the their lawyers advise since the Company was being sued they were to terminate me. I asked them to put in writing why I was terminated and was told they didn't have to.
3. I informed the VP of Finance that the recruiter she told me to use were not sending us qualified applicants and that she was sending us African American applicants. The owner had a bad experience in the past because someone played the black ticket (that was what I was told since I've been there and preferred not to hire them). That is why I relayed that to her since I was pressured to fill that position by her and the owner. I feared losing my job. When we received the law suit in the mail from the labor board, I told her "Remember when you told me to tell the recruiter not to just send us African American applicants? She said, yes....well we are being sued. Then she said, I don't know what to tell you...you will have to take it up with Randy and Gregg." I was floored. So I don't know if she denied it to the owner. But their attorney did ask to see the Employee Handbook Acknowledgment Form we both signed.
What would be my best defense in my appeal on July 2nd? No co-worker would ever step forward fearing losing their job. I have had African American people working for me at other companies...I hired them.
Example: If a truck driver took a load that was over the required lbs (according to the law) but the company operated that way that driver would not be liable..Correct? I feel that I worked in a culture that was discriminatory and just did what I was told trusting that superior that she knew this recruiter well enough to direct me to doing that...Is there no justice?