Fired because of Nepotism
(St. Pete, Florida)
I worked for 5 years in an upscale restaurant, the last year and a half for the current owner. His daughter is the general manager and one night, like most nights, she was drunk. As I was talking to a customer, she stood at the end of my bar and repeatedly yelled my name. I ignored it and finished serving my customer. I then walked over to her and said sternly "please, do not yell my name and interrupt me when I am talking to a guest." She just laughed so I said, again sternly, "it's not funny - don't do that again". Then I just turned and walked away. She stormed off without saying anything to me and I didn't see her for the rest of the night. I finished my job and went home without hearing anything about it. A few days later I got a call from the owner saying I was fired because I swore at her and he couldn't tolerate speaking to management like that. I replied that I not only didn't swear at her, I said please. He said two other employees heard me, according to her, but he would make some calls to check out what I said and call me back. A couple of hours later I got a TEXT MESSAGE that there was nothing to discuss - I was fired. When asked later, he would not reveal who supported her story.
If you haven't opened a Florida unemployment claim....DO SO.
Explain to the state in detail the circumstances. If that customer was a regular, see if they will write a statement to what they heard also...or anyone else for that matter.
If this has to go to hearing, remember, it is the daughter who will need to be the witness. The father does not have first hand knowledge of the event he fired you for. As for the two witnesses...possibly they are fearing for their own jobs.
The type of behavior you described the daughter (general manager) to have demonstrated, is not the type of behavior anyone should have to tolerate to earn a living. I'm referring to drunken behavior from a boss.
Sounds like a spoiled rotten brat extracting her revenge.
Oh, and by the way, any written documentation from the employer...besides the text message?