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I started at Pentax when I was 17, in 1977. Drinking was

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I started at Pentax when I was 17, in 1977. Drinking was encouraged and I became an alcoholic. I tried my best to get sober and was sober for 8 years. Ricoh bought out Pentax and they (little by little) got all the original workers to leave. I was a dedicate worker until 2013, when they wanted me to stay at the office and work while they went on their sales meeting in Vail. I had my "big" 3 day vacation planned a year in advance and I was told they needed me to stay at the office. I worked there for 36 years and I got depressed and finally fell off the wagon. After 36 years, just asking for unemployment, so I could get a job (I'm not lazy!), they denied it. I don't want to blame anyone for something I screwed up on, but they didn't help with anything at all. Needless to say, they have no original Pentax employees there. I gave my all for that company.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am very sorry to hear about this situation.

Unemployment is not "automatic." To qualify for unemployment, one must show:

-the termination was due to a layoff or downsizing

-the termination was not due to "gross misconduct" such as theft, for example

-you did not quit, but if you did, one can still qualify for unemployment if the quitting was for a good reason such as violence, personal harassment, dangerous working conditions, or a medical matter.

Perhaps one can appeal their claim and keeping the above in mind, may have a better shot at receiving unemployment benefits. Your struggles with alcoholism actually do not apply unless they somehow factor into quitting/being fired.

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