To answer you questions:
1. Fortunately, I have experience in a variety of different fields and industries. Example: I was hired as the Claims Department Manager for a large DME (durable medical equipment) company. My staff consisted of about 35 - 40 team members. Not long after I started this job I discovered that they were committing Medicare fraud. I Immediately informed my boss and she tried to tell me that they way they were doing this particular act was okay, but I knew that it wasn't. I have 10 years of medical claims experience and it wasn't okay at all, it was clearly fraud. I decided to go above my boss and I informed her boss. He was truly concerned about this issue. Long story short, he was suddenly let go and from that point forward my boss proceeded to get rid of me, too. Another employer that I worked for was violating California Wage and Hour laws. I was the assistant manager of the payroll department and I discovered that this employer was making new hires sign overtime waivers which, as you know, is illegal. I discovered that this employer had not been paying overtime to hundreds of its employees for numerous years. I contacted the Califorinia Department of Labor and for four months I basically worked undercover for them, sending them hardcopy evidence of these violations. When I informed my employer that they needed to find me another job because I couldn't continue processing payroll because they refused to change their policies regarding overtime pay, they agreed, however within two months I was let go stating that they were cutting back on expenses. Ironically, investigators from the State Department of Labor, showed up in full force on the following Monday
and proceed to audit this company's payroll record. Due to the DOL being short staffed, they allow this employer (because they were a non-profit business) to police themselves with regards XXXXX XXXXX much back pay they owed their employees. They paid the DOL approximately $288,000.00. When I discovered that they left out a huge number of employees from their settlement with DOL, I contacted a class action law firm that had just opened a case this employer for violating the same Wage and Hour laws and they asked if could come in and talk to them. They saw all of my evidence and asked me to become the lead plaintiff in their case. Fast forward to September of last year, the this employer agreed to settle the class action lawsuit for an amount that was well over 3 times the amount the paid to the DOL. So as you can see, I have quite a versatile background.
2. Job Boards - The California State job board is terrible. Many times the jobs advertisements were old and out dated, i.e. the job I was interested in was no longer available and rare did they have any jobs close to where I lived. Generally I use Craigslist.com or Indeed.com.
3. I have over 20 years of experience in A/R, A/P, Billing, and Office Admin. I have owned my own business (1996 - 2003). I have worked successfully in the following fields/industries: Medical/Healthcare, Engineering, Professional Services
, and Manufacturing.
I live in East Contra Costa County in the SF Bay Area and the commute costs are very high for those of us that have to travel Highway 4, (rated as the nation's #1 worst commute). I would actually lose money if I was paid an annual salary that was less than $39,750.00.
My concern is that the EDD states that when you are receiving unemployment benefits and you are offered a job, you must accept the offer, as long as the wages are equal to what you were making prior to being on unemployment. It doesn't matter whether or not you have some bad feelings or concerns about that particular employer.
I would say that this is one of the main reasons that I ended up working for these terribly unethical employers. Keep in mind, that many times you don't know who you are sending your resume to, until they call you to schedule an interview. I try to perform due diligence on every potential employer, even so much as conducting a search PACER.gov to find out what kind of lawsuits have been filed against them.
I am a smart intelligent woman that has volumes of experience to offer an employer but there just doesn't seem like there is very much to choose from lately. Any suggestions, comments, or advice would be appreciated. I just want to know to avoid getting trapped into becoming an employee with companies/businesses that seriously lack strong ethical practices and policies.