Fired for misconduct, appeal hearing was today and I am shocked at lies my employer told
(Los Angeles, CA)
I worked for an non profit agency where I did payroll on Quickbooks as part of my job. I was never properly trained nor did I have a lot of experience with QB. In payroll I made the mistake of adding my insurance premium of $69 instead of deducting. I always felt confident that if I ever made a mistake my supervisor would find it as part of his job was to review all paychecks for signing. This mistake went on for months. Being only $69 I never caught it. I was fired after an accountant came in to do prep for a tax audit and found my mistake. I loved my job and said I would gladly repay any necessary funds that weren't supposed to be given to me due to the mistake. I was denied unemployment and had my appeals hearing today. I told the judge that I would never steal from the company and I made a genuine mistake. In fact, I recently received my bachelors degree in criminal justice and I will be seeking employment in a law enforcement agency. Knowing part of that hiring process will be a polygraph exam why would I risk a future job, not to mention all the work and money I just spent on an education for $69 a paycheck? My employer did not show up to the hearing but did it via telephone. He told at least 5 untruths during the process. I was shocked. But my fear is who will the judge believe, a director
of a non profit agency who is a doctor of psychology (not licensed) or me, just an employee? I have been without income for 5 months and currently owe 2 months back rent along with many other bills. I desperately need my benefits. I don't know what hurts more, being without income or losing a job that I genuinely loved (and my employer knew that). I was a good employee, made many donations to the agency (it was non profit), worked many hours unpaid as volunteer work, always volunteered first for needed shifts. I was feeling confident before the hearing until I heard the director lie. But I cannot prove it. The judge was very intimidating and seemed to "be impressed" at my ex supervisor's credentials. Also my employer told the judge I was hired because I had a lot of QB experience (which I did not and they knew that). I guess I'm looking for someone to say, "you still have a chance" or something. Thanks for letting me vent.
I have a couple questions about what you wrote.
Were you the only employee of the non-profit?
If not, was your check the only check that the same mistake was made on over "months"?
Did the employer provide your resume or application for employment to prove you were hired based on experience with payroll or accounting?
What were the lies that you couldn't prove were lies?
Did you acquire the state file before the hearing to know how your employer had responded to your claim?