He seemed to be fond of me despite the 'problems' he had with the gym and even reassured me when I apologized 'no worries'. His notes said he wanted to cancel immediately and that he has had enough of this gym and the lack of responses to his concerns and now this!?. He lied because he pretty much knew he could use this as an excuse to waive the $250 cancellation due to 'lack of customer service'. My manager calls me in his office the next day, I had an idea what he wanted to talk to me about so, I brought the foam football to show him. He explained that he got a call from Bob about a football hitting his face. He said he was in disbelief and decided to review the tape. He saw us throwing it around,falling over into the room and saw Bob get up. I asked if they can show me the actual video footage of it hitting his face (our cameras are HD, you would see) He quickly responds " We couldn't see due to the angle but we saw him get up" He did not get up, I ran into the room as soon as it went over and he was still laying down. Knowing Bob's temper, if it hit him in the face, he would've let me know then and there. Therefore even with the lack of evidence and tampered story, he terminated me on the spot and did not take my story into consideration. I'm not being biased, I know he did not like me because he knew that I knew he was doing nothing for the company. He had the audacity to say "you can reapply after 3 months" knowing damn well he wouldn't hire me again (There goes his passiveness). My brother told me "With your positive history there, they should've gave you a final warning (I've never got written up but this being a big deal, they could give me double punishment for it)but, decided to terminate you based on an irrational persons statement and lack of evidence". In conclusion, I filed for employment because I have no safety
net, my family cannot help, I have no money saved up, I have to make minimum payments on my credit card, mid terms coming up and it's hard to find a part-time job that will work around my abnormal school schedule and My sisters wedding is in November out of state (this may not be important to some but it's extremely important to our family). After receiving my first check, I got something in the mail saying my former employer is going taking me to court to appeal. I'm not trying to freeload from the government, they're paying me $100/week which is enough for rent, gas, and food with budgeting. I just need some assistance at this time in my life and I've been applying at the competing gym across the street and anything that allows me to work graveyard. My question is, what evidence can I bring to court and do I have a chance? I know this story is long, is their any key details I should bring up? I genuinely feel my former manager was just waiting for something like this to happen to get rid of me. I'm 20 and I will be representing myself. I know they have an attorney but I'm not sure he'll be representing them or if my former manager will. I'm extremely nervous and can't stop thinking about the day I get the mail with the date I have to show up to court.