I worked for a university for eighteen months. After the first month of employment there, things began to change and after six months my job was defunct. I asked them if they would RIF me and end the position, and they said they would not do that even though the job was gone. They decided then that I would be an administrative assistant to several people and allocated the funds to that salary.
Six months went by and this job did not appear. I came to work every day but there was nothing to do. Every once in a while I would ask about the job and the new responsibilities and my boss said that he would get around to getting everyone together and talking about my new job.
Then another couple months passed. By this time all there was to do was the stuff I was trying to make up myself to do. I spent the last month making meeting appointments for my boss and filling out his expense reports. When I say that I mean that there were possibly three appointments and two expense reports.
I never received an updated job description
or any kind of counseling about what to really do about this job. My boss said the reason he didn't ask me to do more for him was because it was easier for him to do himself.
So finally I decided it was time to stop going there. I had used up all my vacation and sick leave, which I was taking mostly because there was nothing to do when I was there. I said to my boss, well, it seems like it's time for me to end this; and he said, yeah, it's too bad but there really is no work for you to do here.
I feel that at best we mutually agreed it was time for me to live; at worst he was freezing me out and refusing to lay me off or fire me because he either wanted me to quit or was afraid to say he made a mistake.
In any event I filed for unemployment
and gave the reason as "lack of work."
The adjudicator called me today and I have to call him back tomorrow. What are my chances of getting unemployment, and what should I say?