Can I collect unemployment if I have been fired for time clock fraud
(Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Can I collect unemployment if I have been fired for not punching out at lunch? I even emailed my supervisor when I came back from lunch after I realized that I had forgotten to punch out to tell her that and asked her to punch me back in. They called me in that day at 3:45 and told me I had committed "time clock fraud" and that they no longer needed my services. I had NEVER been warned either verbally or in writing for this or anything in the past. I have always had a good review and raise. I never had any problems in the past. Now, my unemployment is being held up because they are dragging their feet on getting back to the unemployment office regarding questions that they have asked them, so I have been told. Thank you for your help.
A one time inadvertent error for failing to punch out for lunch with no prior warnings of any kind is a pretty flimsy case for time card fraud .. especially since you emailed your supervisor and reported it.
It might hold water if you had been previously warned or they had a witness who could testify with direct knowledge that they saw you .. leave, in the lunchroom, at a restaurant, etc. prior to the time you told the supervisor you left .. otherwise my suspicious mind would speculate about the possible reasons an employer would do something like this because it's a very iffy proposition if they were actually holding out hope it would stand up as good cause for unemployment purposes.
Wow, the employer is dragging their feet .. Thank God all states have deadlines for responses.
There's always the possibility the employer is just, plain dumb about unemployment.
Some whine constantly about never being able to win unemployment hearings .. I say, what do they expect when they do this kind of stuff. It's similar to someone who doesn't understand why they can't get unemployment when they quit because their boss rolled their eyes at them ..
Please let everyone know how it turned out .. This will only work if everyone follows up with the "RESULTS".