Can I Collect Unemployment if I was Fired for Fraud by Altering a Doctor Note?
I was sick over a month ago for 5 days. I called in to report my absences every day.
When 5 returned to work I provided the required doctors note. My note did not cover all the days I was gone as I missed more than expected due to a reaction to the medication I was provided.
I did not make it back to the doctor's office to get a new note before returning. I had filed for short term disability and all days were covered there and the claim is currently open.
I was fired today for a forged doctor note.
The 11 was now a 14. I did not do this. But I am pretty sure it was my supervisor as she had personal issues with me.
But it's now my word against theirs.
Avoiding he said/she said is why my advice is to not just document to prove the truth to also be a fact, but to avoid handing the problem of deciding who is telling the truth over to an appeal hearing officer (ALJ in Iowa) as they are the ones given w-i-d-e discretion to determine credibility of the conflicting stories often told at unemployment hearings.
Either way an initial determination of benefits might go, it's safer to assume someone will feel they need to appeal and the earlier one thinks this way in the unemployment process, the better off they will be .. because they have time to think how they will prove, or rebut the burden of the cause for a job separation.
But of course the employee should have easy access to the original doctor note to prove it wouldn't need to be forged, or altered by the employee to rebut with the contention it was altered by a petty supervisor with a personal axe to grind with a subordinate employee. .. right?
Is there any possibility you can get your hands on the original, or unaltered copy of the documentation to prove there was no reasonable reason you would need to alter the doctor note?