Do I have a good cause in case employment agency denies benefits?
Hi Chris, I have been working a contract position through an employment agency that is to last 6 months. I have been warned by the employment agency for excessive absences. I have called/emailed both the employment agency and the company I have been working for for every absence. One absence was for taking a day off for my birthday because I had plans (made them before I started the assignment and would have cancelled if not approved)that day and I got prior permission from the employment agency for it. Another time was I had an emergency with my car and had to take it to get fixed. Other times have been because I have chronic back pain and my back had been acting up making it hard to sit. I have previous doctors’ notices backing up my back trouble that I had given to my previous employer (the one that laid me off) for their personnel files. My recruiter at the employment agency told me that I am not to miss anymore days no matter what and that she is surprised that this company has even kept me on. The company I am doing this assignment for says that they are very happy with my work performance and am very glad that I am there and that they understand my situation with my back. They have been so good to me. I do not plan to be out anymore no matter what happens, but despite that, my recruiter is going to deny my unemployment benefits when this assignment is over (if there isn’t any other assignment for me to do, besides, she said that she may not want to work with me anymore). Do I have good cause to prove that I qualify for benefits? I am so scared over all of this. Should I get a statement/letter from the company that I am doing this assignment for stating that I am doing a good job, that they want me there, that I have always contacted them when I was going to be absent and that they are not affected by them? Of course, I am not going to say one bad thing about my employer to them. Thank you so much for your help.
I do see possibilities if you miss no more work and the agency refuses to put you back in another assignment because they didn’t like your attendance.
The agency should be able to prove the connection between the reason for discharge and the “final incident”.
In other words .. if the employer thinks they have good cause to fire you now .. they should fire you now .. not in the future when they no longer have need of you .. and too much time has passed .. the time that passes has the effect of removing their justification for the discharge.
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