Can I be collect unemployment if I have been fired for not performing assigned duties?
The catch here is I did perform my duties in my job. While at my job I became pregnant and immediately my bosses attidude changed. First they asked me to do things outside my doctor's orders (heavy lifting, etc). I discussed this issue with them, and eventually they started cutting my hours severely, cutting out even work I could physically perform. In addition, they scheduled me for overtime work without arranging it beforehand (which was in my contract). They also tried to force me to pay for an assistant out of pocket so they could schedule extra work, which I would not do.
We had an argument about this issue. Two days later they fired me, claiming I refused to do work assigned and had an "insubordinate attitude."
I have now been denied unemployment based on the supposed refusal to do work. I have record from text messages as well as other employees that would agree with me about my mistreatment. Should I expect to win my appeal? If so, is there anything i can do to expedite a decision?
Yes, I should think you could expect to win an appeal once you raise the issues of discrimination based upon your sex .. or the condition of being pregnant and the various breaches of your contract.
I know of nothing that can expedite the state. They are running the show now .. as far as scheduling. I do know that they have specific timeframes to complete a process, imposed by federal guidelines. This doesn't mean they always manage to do so, but they do take these requirements very seriously and do their very best.
I believe the they have 30 days to schedule a hearing once an appeal has been received.