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I understand the burden of proof relys on them to prove they fired me for misconduct. However, in most cases VEC does tend to lean toward more the former employee to prove the statements were falsely made, one thing I did include when filing for unemployment benefits was the fact that sexist remarks were made in the work place(may be the only thing that saves this) that I was fired due to conflict of interest with the office manager and was being mistreated(Overburdening of workload in conjunction with other employee's receiving special treatment(IE: the "thrower" used to be married to the service managers sister) and not being reprimanded for worse activity at the work place then what occurred between the office manager and myself. I did mention also in my unemployment case that It was a very hostile and toxic work environment. I never mentioned on the unemployment forms that I filled out that "curse words" were used in conjunction with my discharge. There was no orientation I was never shown anything regarding EEOC flyers/posters and there was no "employee code of conduct" manual. It was more or less "depends on their mood" type situation how the rules went. The individual that told me I couldnt dress the same as the female employee was the field supervisor as well as the service managers son(family style business) who was attempting to sleep with the secretary that wore whatever she wanted. Alot of these I feel will be deemed heresay however since including the former secretary, nobody there honestly liked me simply because I stood up for myself and protested about the workload that would be dumped on my shoulders when all the other employees including the "thrower" and office manager didn't do their jobs. I don't mean to keep asking questions but that's what this is here for right? I'm just kind of lost on how being in VA and an "at-will" state how that will appear to people about me contacting EEOC "after" being terminated, I never thought or considered to contact them because I didn't feel like I would have any case involving discrimination and I've never had to go through this before since this is the first job i've ever had where I was dismissed "I worked there under those conditions for 2+ years" I had complained about the office managers actions numerous times to the service manager and was told that he "didn't know what to tell me about her that I just had to figure that out for myself" as well as that it was "something I needed to work out with her" that he didn't have "time to be mediator in the office that she was the office manager and I had to do what I was told" I had protested to the office manager before when she had come to me in the hostile manner that I would contact the owner of the company and was told "go ahead that'll be the last time you ever call him" implying that I would lose my job over complaining to the owner, but never directly saying it. advice for contacting eeoc?