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post #1 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Emergency Job Hunting

I got fired Thursday over an honest mistake. I am devastated. I loved that job. I loved my coworkers. I loved my customers. I loved the environment. I had every intention of being there for a very long time. My manager adored me. I was told countless times what an asset I was, what a great employee I was, how she would do anything for me. Everyone commented on what a hard worker I was, and I even received several corporate recognitions through our points program. I made a mistake in order to keep a fellow coworker as well as myself from getting reprimanded on our clocking in/out times. I was unaware that this mistake would cost me my job. It wasn't even a huge mistake. I was rushed to get to store and left my phone in my pocket. I didn't realize it until I got to the store. When I saw my manager, I told her, apologized and gave her my phone. When I got back to the office, she took my badge and escorted me out.

Now, less than a week before Christmas, I am losing my apartment, because my boyfriend can't pay for it on his own, I will probably lose my vehicle because I now can't afford the last few payments on it(would be finished in the spring) and my very expensive breeding projects with my boas will have to be sold.

I have been applying like crazy, and it is so stressful. With how things are right now, I doubt I will find something in time. I feel so ruined and betrayed.
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 04:20 PM
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What on earth? You can get fired for that over there? That's utterly ridiculous! Here, assuming you'd been employed as a casual for 6 mths, you'd be able to take them up on unfair dismissal. I'm truly appalled that someone can lose their job over something like that - the harm to them caused by you having your phone in your pocket for an honest reason is practically zero, the harm to you caused by being fired is massive. And what the heck happened to Christmas spirit? You have every right to feel betrayed.

I hope you get a job (a better one even!) and get back on your feet again soon. What an awful time, but I'm sure the good qualities that you showed at your old job won't go unnoticed by other employers. Keep applying, keep hoping. I almost thought we would be homeless at Christmas because we spent a month applying for rental properties but some wonderful agent helped us get a place despite a few paperwork hiccups on our part and we move in Christmas Eve - so I hope you have the same happen for you. Keep that chin up, things will work out.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 04:27 PM
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I would go through your company handbook (assuming they gave you a copy when you were hired) and check the dismissal policies, as well as the cell phone policy. I find it HIGHLY unusual that you were fired on a first offense. Also, look into applying for unemployment and any government assistance you can.
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 04:30 PM
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That makes absolutely no sense. Why would you get fired if you handed over your phone before your shift started? There has to be more to it than that.

I'd be demanding to see the termination papers and what was put down as a reason to let you go. Even in an 'at will' state, there has to be justifiable reasons.

And yes, apply for unemployment. That's what it's there for, and why we pay it into the state coffers every pay day.
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 05:10 PM
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Usually the employer has to have "just cause", which means typically more than one offense, unless you are still on probation, or it is something major. When I was a head nurse, I had to give 3 verbal warnings (documented) as well as 3 written. The 3rd written I showed you the door. I only had to do that a couple of times. I think we are not getting the whole story,or you may have a case for wrongful discharge. If this is TRULY the story, with nothing omitted or left out-you may want to talk to a lawyer.

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She asked me if I had taken my phone to the store before. I told her that I had taken it out on request to show my coworkers how to use a new Bluetooth product. I was asked by a higher up at the store to do so. She told me then that this was simply company policy and there was nothing she could do. If I had been leaning over the counter playing angry birds or solitaire and ignoring my responsibilities then I could understand. I have never been in trouble with this company. Within the first two months I was already given bookkeeping tasks along with my normal sales associate responsibilities.

If I had just kept my mouth shut, and not said anything, she never would have known, and I would still had a job. I thought I was doing the right thing by telling her. I would have GLADLY gotten reprimanded for relieving my coworker a few minutes late to take my phone back to the office if I had known this was the result.

She has been getting in serious trouble with corporate for her scheduling. With the amount of business the company is expecting, they have cut her allotted hours to schedule people. She has been cutting as much as she could and it hasn't been enough, clearly. I am starting to wonder if, since I am still the newest hire(I was there a year and a half, the other ladies all over 4 years) I was on the list of "easiest" to cut and she took the opportunity to get someone off the payroll. Something else has been bothering me. The company gives out gift certificates for the birthdays of the employees. They usually come a week before ones birthday. Mine never came and it has been over a month. I am so confused. I want answers. I was doing such a great job... Or so I was told.

I have two little part time jobs. Both of them don't bring in half of what the job I lost did, but I wonder if they will hurt my chances at getting unemployment. I can't call until Wednesday, according to the recording on the local line. The way the wording is on the online form, I just want to make sure the other jobs won't affect the claim.
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I am confused. You were fired for starting your shift with a cell phone on your person? What rule did you break? Is it forbidden to have a cell phone on you when you work? Huh?

Could you speak with HER mananger?

I can imagine how bad this feels. I can't help you but I sure hope you find a decent job soon.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 07:31 PM
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Ask your employer for a pink slip and then go file for unemployment benefits.....not sure if you'll get them but you sure as heck won't if you don't apply for them.

If the state finds you were fired without cause then you can draw something depending on what you paid in.

Here in Tennessee, which is a right to work state, there are certain things an employer must do....such as write you up several times, provide training etc.

Sounds to me like they used you through Christmas and then needed to let some people go....

Anyway, keep looking for another job but go file.....

Now, lets talk about how to protect yourself from this.....

There are times to live large, and times to live small.....you've got to get small now....you can live large later when you nail the next job.

First, you need to save some money.....I know it's hard but things like this are going to happen and the only way to make this easier is to make sure you have some cash set aside for emergencies....

Second, don't use credit. Pay as you go....monthly payments are a drag when you have to get small.

I hate this is happening to you but learn from it and move forward.

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post #9 of 17 Old 12-22-2012, 09:18 PM
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Tiny-it is indeed company policy some places.....My daughter also bans them at her place of work. She simply checks it on her breaks. But, should one of her emplyees have one with them, they are written up, per policy.

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post #10 of 17 Old 01-07-2013, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Job hunt is going slowly, but well enough I suppose. I have a few interviews this coming week. Hopefully something good will come of this.

My little cinema job has completely stepped up though. I love them so much. They have given me the maximum hours they can by company policy, and have been extremely lenient with me as I got moved(do you know how difficult it is to find a place and move in under a week with limited funds?). They are so nice. I got that job for fun a couple months ago. Minimum wage, but that was fine for me for what I needed at the time. It is better than nothing though!
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