Thank you for your additional information,
I know how frustrating it can be when you are trying to get a point across, but the other party is just not listening.
1. I mentioned discrimination because you said you thought harassment and discrimination applied to your case. I believe that you have a stronger case for age discrimination than for harassment. It is very possible that the employer had an overall plan to remove the older employees and replace them with younger ones. Your age, although certainly not old, puts you in a protected class and I would go with that,
I do not believe that transferring an employee to another department or assigning the employee different responsibilities is harassment. And, if an employer has certain policies and a certain way of doing things, it is not considered "harassment" in the workplace because the employer does not accept an employee's suggestions. I am sure that you had a lot more experience and a lot more knowledge than the other employee had, but if an employer wants things done a certain way, the employees must comply with the employer's directive;
2. If an employee has a written Employment Agreement with the employer, that Agreement will set forth the employee's responsibilities, in which departments the employee would be placed, benefits, etc. and under what conditions the employee could be terminated. If there is no written Employment Agreement, then there is an "At Will" employment relationship and the employer is free to change the responsibilities of the employee, reassign the employee to other departments, reduce their hours and their salary and can terminate them at any time for any reason or no reason. The employer may very well have implied certain things about your responsibilities, reassignments, etc. However, if these ideas were not set forth in writing, the employer was free to make any changes he felt were necessary without incurring any liability to the employee. In an employment relationship, everything must be in writing, because it is very rare that anything is implied which will bind the employer
Because you underlined, "I was basically fired from my job" , I took that literally and that is why I wondered why you thought you were not entitled to Unemployment Compensation benefits.
Being an "At Will" employee, the employer could reassign you to any department and could change your responsibilities without incurring any liability to you. I believe, however, that your were discriminated against because of your age and I believe you have a strong case in that regard. Since this is basically, the only ground that is present, if I were in your position, I would not hesitate or miss the chance to file a formal Complaint (or "charge") against the employer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").
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