Coming up short on my cash register, or so they say, once $9 and once $5, I think.
(Santa Clara, CA)
I am a 17-year-old and was hired for a part-time summer job at a BBQ restaurant in Santa Clara, CA--my first "real" job. Everything has been going great for over two months--I loved working there. I loved my bosses and the people I worked with. They loved me and told me that when I came home from college on vacations or whatever, that I was welcome to come back. They also said they would give me a great recommendation and could put them down as a reference.
I last worked on Saturday, and when I came in for my scheduled Wednesday shift today, I walked in the door and was told by my manager, in front of other employees, that I was being fired for coming up short on my cash register twice--once for $5.00 and once for $9.00, I think. I had never heard that I was even short once. There was no warning, nothing in writing, no dates and times, no nothing. Just complete and utter humiliation. I was handed my final pay checks and told "good-bye".
I DID NOT steal this money. I do NOT know how my register came up short, or even if it really did. I do not want this unjust accusation on my record.
I want to know what I should do. Help!
Chris's Response to: Coming up short on my cash register, or so they say, once $9 and once $5, I think.
You're not really asking me about unemployment benefits as much as you are asking how to get the employer to recant their claim your cash drawer came up short twice for a total of 14 dollars and change their reason for terminating your employment.
Cash shortage, doesn't necessarily mean that anyone stole money, or that the employer's records will reflect theft.
months at your first "real job" will likely not be enough wages to qualify for unemployment either, therefore, there will be no initial determination, or appeal decision saying you fired for something other than work related misconduct.
As far as a mistake being on your record consider that you are still young and you won't necessarily be expected to provide an extensive work history to get another job with a better, more responsible employer.
If me, I don't think I would even mention this job to a prospective employer, unless your former employer called the cops, which I highly doubt.
Humiliation aside, take the lesson you can take away from the experience and move on with it in mind when accepting other at-will employment in the future.
Always take to heart that an employers rules matter and should be followed, but don't be afraid to stand up for yourself, or keep your own best interests in mind and remember there is no reason for feeling humiliation or shame when you know in your own heart, your conscious is clear of wrongdoing. Ironically, it's usually those with years of experience working, that feel guilty, even if they aren't that let those feelings interfere with proving, or rebutting a burden when it is time to file for unemployment.
Chin up Emily, you're young, fresh and new and sounds like you're off to college .. it'll be alright:) .. this was a bad experience, but also a learning experience.
Being fired for a cash shortage is not often synonymous with being accused of theft too. It's being fired for misconduct and without previous warnings that follow along with employer's rules .. it's rebuttable as not being misconduct that fits one, or more of those words used to describe the attitude of the employee found guilty of work misconduct.