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I appealed a decision by The Texas Workforce Commission to payback unemployment received for 6 months. I worked for Pappadeaux Seafood. My appeal was denied even though the employer lied and it was recorded on tape about my dismissal. I provided proof that I was deleted from the schedule and that my former employer lied during a phone hearing. I also provided proof of my attempted calls to the restaurant to find out why I was deleted from the schedule. No one accepted my calls or returned my call, so, therefore, I thought I was fired after I found out I was deleted from the schedule. I am now being billed for $2,600 to pay back the unemployment I received. I still do not have a job or money. What can I do?
No. It was really general. They just decided to stay with original decision to have me pay back $2,600. Along with this decision, I received a past due bill for the first payment which I thought was ridiculous.
I showed up to work my regularly scheduled shift as a server. They did not have any tables for me to work. They overstaffed. One manager told me that if I found someone to relinquish their station, that I could take that. I found someone to do that. Another manager told me no. They wanted me to be a food runner at a different level of pay (min wage). This upset me. I did not want to be a food runner at a different rate of pay that is not what I applied for. I was also upset that 1 of the managers told me one thing and the other manager told me another. I logged out and left the restaurant.
I was intending to show up again for my regularly scheduled shift the next week. I was deleted from the schedule before I could do this. A system called Hotschedules is setup so that we receive via text and/or email what our schedule is. I was notified via Hotschedules.
I then tried to call 2 times. One of the manager's that answered did not want to discuss anything with me and XXXXX XXXXX, the GM was busy.
He also admitted that he knew I attempted to call in our phone hearing.
The second time I attempted to call, the same thing. No one would talk to me or return my call. I assumed I was fired.
I told this to the Texas Workforce Commission when I was questioned on whether or not I was eligible to receive unemployment benefits to begin with.
Then Pappadeaux appealed and we had a phone hearing. XXXXX XXXXX lied in the phone hearing stating I was taken off the schedule on December 19th when I was deleted from the schedule on November 11th. I last worked there on 11/9/12.
They stated that I quit. But, they deleted me from the schedule two days later and when I called to find out why, no one took my call or returned my call. I was going to show up on my regularly scheduled shift.
The GM lied and stated that I was deleted from the schedule over a month later. I sent proof to the Commission that I was deleted from the schedule on Monday, November 12th not De3cember 19th. I left on Friday, November 9th. I never quit. I was not intending to quit. I was just a little fed up by the treatment when I left and I did not apply to be a food runner. How can they force me to work a different job and a different rate of pay without my permission?
That is what I thought. Do I need to hire an attorney to do this for me? I have no money right now but am still looking for work. I also want to apply for extended federal benefits.
How much would you charge to write my letter to Texas Workforce Commission for me?
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