Do you think I will win my appeal?
I was terminated in May for a violation of Email Policy. I was sent a email by a co-worker who had on occasion sent me a harmless joke or information of an upcoming golf tournament (which was not a policy violation). I was in a rush in between meetings and forwarded the message to a co-worker not even thinking that it would get me in any trouble. The next day I was called into HR and I was asked if I received an email from a "co-worker" and if I had forwarded it. I answered yes to both questions and I was then told that there was a pornographic attachment on the email and that I was terminated. I was unaware of the attachment and I knew that our computers were strictly monitored, I would have never forwarded the email had i known it's content. I worked at that company for two and a half years, never had any write-ups or warnings, and was promoted three times with great performance reviews. My initial claim was denied saying that I willfully and knowingly violated a company policy. I disagree with that statement but how could I prove that I didn't view the attachment. I don't have the email, and have no way of proving that I simply forwarded the message. What do you think the DUA will decide?
Well, I have a question. Was the co-worker who sent you the email .. which you forwarded alos terminated?
If not there may be an argument in the fact that the email policy was not uniformly enforced. .. Otherwise .. I wish you luck.