I was working as a customer service manager at Goodwill of central Arizona.Iworked there for 31/2 years. I'm 68 years old & don't like to change the store that I was working for and nmy managers treated me well.Two district managers came to the store I was working & told me I had to Transfer to another store that doesn't have good managers.I didn't want to leave the store that I had worked hard to make our store one of the top stores in the corp.They said I had no option,that I had to transfer.Ifeel I'm being forced out for several reasons. Needless to say, the only option they gave me was to quit.What can I do about this?
State/Country relating to question: Arizona
Filed for unemployment.
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Absent an Employment Contract or union agreement, Arizona is an "At Will" employment state. That means you work "at the will" of the employer, and that they have the right to change the terms of your employment, including what store you will work in, at any time. If you had an employment contract or union agreement that stated you would only work in the Goodwill of Central Arizona location, that would be different. If not, what they were requiring of you is not by itself unlawful.
That said, an employer may not make its policies or decisions on unlawful reasons. What I mean by that is an employer can not make employment decisions such as hiring, firing, pay raises, job transfers, etc., based on discrimination, such as race, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin. There aren't enough facts here to know if this was an issue or not. If you believe discrimination, such as your age was a factor, then what you would need to do is file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC (www.eeoc.gov) which investigates such complaints of Workplace Discrimination.
I think you may find unemployment hard to get because you quit. Generally, quitting is seen as a Voluntary Separation and grounds for denial of benefits unless you can show another reason for having quit (e.g., you were so badly discriminated against at work and when you complained to management, they did nothing, so you had no choice but to quit). Again, just on these facts alone, there's not enough information for me to know whether or not something like that is the case. If you are denied unemployment, however, you always have the right to appeal and challenge the decision.
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