My question has to do with whether I am being wrongfully dismissed and whether I would qualify for unemployment insurance
I have been working at a lab for 3 months and felt harassed by a co-worker. I documented everything and had a couple of meetings with the CEO and Director of Operations to see if the situation could be resolved. The co-worker in question was incapable of change. At that time a scientist from another group noticed the situation and approached me about joining her group. There were some emails and meetings back and forth between her and the CEO (I saw one of the emails) and it was mentioned that I would be joining her group 3 days a week after the personnel in my group came back from vacation. While they were on vacation I ran the department myself and was commended by the CEO for my performance.
Just before the personnel came back from vacation the CEO and his witness, the Director of Operations came to see me and said that he had no idea that I was going to transfer
to the other group and that I would need to stay in my current group. I was upset and said that there was emails and talks between him and the other leader and that I did not want to stay in my current group full-time. I would like to mention that the job was not how they described it would be, it was much more menial than I expected.
The next day the CEO called a meeting with the other group leader, my group leader, the director of operations and started off by saying I could do a trial period of working two days a week for two weeks in the other group and if I didn't like it I could come back to my current group. Then a discussion of my working in the new group ensued and I was enthusiastic and said it would work out. The CEO didn't like that and abruptly said, "well if it doesn't work out in the new group then you don't want to come back to your current group right?" I said "yes, it'll work out". Then he said, "If it doesn't work out, we will help you find a new position" I didn't say anything.
I would like to say I felt a bit coerced into saying that it would work out in the new group because I didn't want to give the impression to the new group leader that I wasn't serious about joining her group.
Well after a week, the CEO called me into his office with the Director of Operations there and said "she said it won't work out", and he said
"I can't think of how to fix this because you don't want to stay in your current group, unless you can think of something" I was stunned and I shook my head and said "no" He said well you can stay until August 9 and I'll write you a letter saying you did a good job here.
I spoke to the new group leader to find out what happened and she told me she had decided it wouldn't work out because she needed somebody full time and she didn't need me on the days I was assigned to her because she had somebody else and it had nothing to do with me.
I've been working since then and looking for a job.
Today the CEO showed me the letter saying that I was a good employee. And he gave me another letter which he wanted me to sign. I said I would have to think about it and he took the letter of recommendation away from me. The letter he wanted me to sign says that we have an amicable separation and that I communicated that full time work in my current group was not acceptable. The letter said there was no other position for me in the company so they have to let me go. That is not true. The woman in the new group is in the process of hiring a full time person and she recently interviewed a candidate from Florida. I told her "why don't you hire me?" I can do the job. She said she would approach the CEO. She told me she approached the CEO this past Monday about me working in her group full time and he told her no, he wants me out. Her advice to me was that I should leave. If I stay he would work on getting me out, that's the way he is.
Back to my questions. Do I have a strong case for wrongful dismissal? Would it be worth it for me to pursue this financially? The job market is really tough right now and I don't know when I'll find another job. It took me 9 months to find this one. My other question is would I qualify for unemployment insurance in Massachusetts? I have worked at that company for 3 months and my salary was $65,000/year.