Customer: My name is ***** *****, and I am asking about possible wrongful termination
and my employer attempting to fight my unemployment
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Yes, I was a custodian for the school district in Casa Grande, AZ and in August 2015 my wife was taken to the ER of our local hospital suffering from a spell of her Chronic heart condition. I was already at work, I attempted to contact my direct supervisor, he did not respond, so I called the office and the administrative ass't told me to go and be with my wife, she would find coverage for me and for the next day as well. Here is where I should tell you two things. First, I had asked for FMLA
for my wife, and was told I did not qualify, and second, I had given the school district notice in July that in May 2016 I would be retiring, as I will be 62. My wife and I and our neighbor spent from noon until after 6pm at the ER. Her blood sugar was low, and dinner hour at the hospital had ended. Our ER doctor told us to go across the street and eat, as my wife's condition had converted after several doses of meds and fluids, and since she had not eaten in over 18 hours she was to eat, go home and rest, and wait for her cardiologist to contact her tomorrow as to the next course of treatment. We went to the restaurant across the street from the hospital and were observed by the HR director having dinner, instead of coming up and asking us what was going on, she "assumed" I was playing possum. I had a series of daily meetings beginning the following Monday and under what I considered was duress was told in no uncertain terms to either resign (She had already typed by resignation up and literally it in my face) or be fired. I was given no time to think about it. I was told that if I resigned I would get unemployment, and my retirement, but if I got fired, I would get NOTHING!
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