The noticed received on July 17 says:
You are not eligible to receive benefits under California unemployment insurance code section 1257A beginning 07/14/2013 until you have filed a claim for each of 02 weeks in which you are otherwise eligible for benefits.
You gave the department incorrect information, or withheld information, concerning the reason you are no longer working on your job with Windward School. After considering available information, the department finds that you do not meet the legal requirements for payment of benefits. No benefits are payable for three years from the original effective date of this disqualification unless it is satisfied at an earlier date and you are otherwise eligible.
I was terminated for cause due to an incident that occured on May 30, 2013 when I was delivering boxes and packages to different departments on campus. I slightly pulled a girl's backpack to say hello and suddenly she and other three classmates looked at me like I was from Mars, I politely said I am sorry excusing myself and then continue back to my business of delivering. No camera, no staff or faculty member witnessed the incident unfortunately. I started working with Windward School since August 2006 as School Bus Driver/Maintenance worker. I consider that my politeness and friendly gesture (I know I crossed the line a little bit) but she influenced from her classmates overreacted and went maliciously angry against me placing a complaint the same day. On the afternoon I was called to office to informed me about the complaint from the Office of Finance and Operations. The next day I was on administrative paid leave. Then I was called on Monday June 3 to showed up for work but then the same day was told that since the role of the responsibility of the school is to protect the students and graduation was still scheduled that I cannot work yet but please return home on administrative paid leave.
I was called on Tuesday afternoon to please be on Thursday June 6 at 2:00 P.M. That day I was being terminated for cause for the backpack incident. I signed the papers. One of the administrators even offered me a reference or recommendation if I need it for future employment search.
I told EDD representatives in the first called that I pulled a studen's backpack and then in the second telephone interview I stated that I tug a backpack to say hello and that indeed was not given a writing warning statement and did not have the opportunity to confront the student or students together with administrative personnel that surely would clarified the incident and misunderstanding but that unfortunately was denied that possibility too.
Do you think you can help me to regain my unemployment benefits.
I have been a hard worker, friendly, super flexible in schedule for field trips and sport events. I have been the longest School Bus Driver/Maintenance worker ever at Windward School for almost 7 years and have not been ever accused or found guilty of misconduct with any other student in the past. I am a married family men for almost 9 years and just last December adopted a little girl after taking care of her for the previous 3 as her first and only foster care parents through DCFS.
I attained my BA in Applied Behavioral Science degree last September 2012 and currently enrolled in the MA in Professional Counseling to work in the near future as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Do you think you can help me?