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Were you a salaried employee? What was the employer's reason for terminating your employment.
I see. The employer probably will challenge your application for unemployment, so be prepared to present your side of the case as you have above to the unemployment agency.
The employer is not required to pay any severance pay, but if it has a policy to offer such pay, must carry out its policy in a non-discriminatory manner.
The most glaring issue from the facts you have presented is that you probably should have been treated as a non-exempt hourly employee and would be owed substantial overtime wages. See the following link for more information regarding the test for determining whether someone is exempt or non-exempt: http://www.flsa.com/coverage.html
If under the test you should have been paid hourly, you should report the employer to the DOL and the IRS. You will also need to retain an employment law attorney familiar with FLSA violations to file suit against the employer. Look for one that offers free consultations and takes contingency fee cases.
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