Fired for making mistakes.
by Joy Cocos
(Minerva Ohio US)
The employer installed a scanner that checks bar codes on product to eliminate wrong picks. I was called to the office and told I was making too many mistakes even though I've worked there for 8 years and everyone there is also making mistakes. I was told to make 5 or less mistakes or they would fire me.
I tried the best I could not to make mistakes. (this is a midnight shift job) I also asked fellow employees if they were told not to make 5 or less mistakes and they said no. Two weeks later they told me I was fired. They rehired an employee that quit to replace me. I believe they kept me for 2 weeks until they hired someone to replace me and I really didn't have a chance to do better.
It's now been 7wks. and I am still trying to get unemployment, I have a telephone hearing on Thursday and I really don't know what to do. I live and work in Ohio...
Your story raises a lot of questions.
I will assume this is your appeal, since you are still trying to get unemployment.
Was this the first time you were disciplined for making mistakes? Or were you called into the office to receive a "final warning" after the employer followed their own progressive discipline policy and made you aware your job was in jeopardy?
At the hearing focus on the one thing you said that jumps out at me. "I tried the best I could not to make mistakes". If that bar code scanner has some relevance as to why you were making mistakes...bring it up. I've also assumed you mentioned it for some reason.
Understand that the employer will need to sustain their burden of proof at the hearing. This is your opportunity to present information through testimony, that establishes that what you did was not "misconduct", but either an inability (caused by that NEW scanner) or common mistakes that were not intentional.
If the employer did not follow their own discipline policy, submit it for the hearing per the instructions with the hearing notice.
My guess is the other side will focus keenly on the fact that you are in fact, an eight year employee who was capable of doing the job, but chose not to.
Be sure to follow the instructions for the hearing precisely.
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Let us know how it goes.