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Can I collect unemployment if I have been fired for sleeping on the job?

by HARD WORKIN MAN!
(Las Vegas,NV)

First off I would like to start with how long I have been employed at this company, 10 years. I was on FMLA at the time I was terminated. I was in a company brake room with one other team member when three of my bosses walked in the room. The team member that I was with turned around and made eye contact with the three bosses while they were walking into the room, I on the other hand did not. My head was down "chin on my chest" do to the severe back pain I have this helps take the pain away for a while. They questioned the both of us about if we were sleeping "Both of us said NO". I explained that my back pain was very bad and I was resting my head on my chest to take the pressure off my back. They all three then told us both to wait in the break room while they went out to the hallway to discuss action to be taken, five minutes later all three came back into the room laughing and smiling and asked us to follow them to the office. When we arrived at the office they seperated us, I was brought into the office first. My boss explained I was suspended pending investigation and would hear from an HR rep in the next few days.The other team member was sent home for one day "with pay" and didnt get suspended or fired, there reason was, when they walked into the break room he was the one that made eye contact with them and I did not. A week later a peer review was held with myself, one of the bosses and an HR rep. During this review I brought them a letter from my doctor explaining all the meds im on and also explaining the side effects of these drugs. After the meeting the HR rep said they would have an answer for me within a week. Four days later my boss called me at home to explain I was fired for sleeping! Now I have a phone interview coming up in a few days with the unemplyment office to see if im going to recieve unemployment money. What should I do? Will my doctors letter help me recieve unemploymeny money? What questions should I expect?

Thank you,



Hi Hard Workin Man,

First off, how long you worked there is irrelevant.

But let's back up a bit and answer this .. you said you were in the break room .. were youu on an approved break?

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weird
by: Chris

This is the strangest situation I ever heard of. You can do anything in a breakroom as long as you do not curse, abuse or in any way breach the peace of mind and safety of other employees. In fact, if this was a approved break your boss has little right to even question you on anything during this time period.


Hi Chris,

Thanks for the comment, but why do you think this is the weirdest or strangest situation?

I once tried without success to talk an employer out of appealing a claim. The employer felt the gentleman should not have received benefits because she felt the person had violated their attendance policy for which he was fired.

He didn't call in that day because he was in the emergency room having a heart attack.

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for eating at my work station
by: Anonymous

I was called into the office on may 27, and informed by the district manager that i was being terminated for allegedlly eating at a work station that i share with 12 other people to add insult to injury everyone was asked whose food was it but me, and the incident happened a week earlier. I foolishly sign the complaint just because i was taking medicine and didn't realize what i was signing. I still don't have a copy and when i call for one i get the run around, I was denied unemployment because of the fact they claimed i agree to the crock of bull and to make matters worst it was the goodwill indurstries. what if any thing can i do?




Hi,

File a timely appeal.

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Can I collect unemployment if i have been fired for sleeping on the job?
by: HARD WORKIN MAN

Well, Im not sure what they can prove or cant prove but I do know that I was terminated and Im sure they said "for sleeping".. This is why im nervous about recieving unemployment assistance.
Thank you,


Well, Hard Workin Man I can tell you that I'd take bets from anyone who said they weren't gonna try to stop you from collecting

But you ought to realize that a break is a break .. as long as they didn't say you were breaking a rule by being on that break too long or without permission .. you can put your chin on your chest if you want to .. hell I would even argue that you could have been snoring or had drool running down your chin and it still wasn't misconduct .. because you were on an "approved break". I know of no requirement that we must be alert while on an approved rest break, either allowed by the employer or required by law.

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Can I collect unemployment if i have been fired for sleeping on the job?
by: Hard workin man

(second reply)
To answer your question regarding whether or not I was on a scheduled break, yes I was on a scheduled break and the reason I know this is because I was told by my supervisor to make up my own break times everyday just as long as I didn't surpass one hour per day. Prior to this incident I had never been written up for anything at all. I was never late for work in the 10 years I worked there I NEVER had any issues at all.
Thank you,



Then I can't figure out how they will show that you were fired for sleeping "on the job" .. can you?

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