Fired, employer says I quit voluntarily---WA state
With no previous write ups or verbal warnings my manager and district manager entered my store ( Im a GM at a party store) and proceeded to verbally rip me apart about my inadequacies as a manager. There was another employee there from a store 55 miles away and I just knew they were firing me. I was shocked and said " I cant believe you are firing me " several times--they didnt respond, packed my stuff in a box and escorted me out of the building. They fought my UI claim stating that I had "flew into a rage and told them that I wouldnt give them the satisfaction of firing me" and left the store. I appealed and my former employer did not show up. Is the burden on me to further clairfy that I was being fired (other than saying over and over to them that I couldn't beleive they were firing me)--they contend that they did not intend on firing me but only writing me up (where was the paperwork??) By the way, the manager from the store 50 miles away that they had there on that day began managing the store the same day I was terminated
First, if we are to talk about the burden of proof .. I also would like to know what the determination stated that was appealed. And then, if you are actually talking about being denied with a hearing decision .. that affirmed you had voluntarily quit .. I'd like to know what that said.
If, like you say, you were the only one in attendance at the appeal hearing .. I think you would have more to offer than what you said while you were being fired.
I believe the fact that you had testimony about your things being packed up and escorted out and the fact that you might have testified that you did not go into a rage .. and maybe testimony about the other person present that day who is now the store manager .. you could convince an ALJ you didn't quit, but were fired .. since the employer was not there to testify or rebut anything you happened to testify to.
But what I'm wondering about, since you ask the question about the burden .. is whether something you told the department during the claim filing might have hurt you at the hearing ??