for missing a shift
by Sara Doty
i went out of town last month for a weekend. it was a saturday and sunday night to return on monday. i am a server in a restaurant. i missed an on call shift on monday afternoon due to me being out of town. i followed the procedure for calling out of my shift (i was unaware i was scheduled) and my boss did find someone to come in and work for me... needless to say, i was fired for missing my on call shift. i worked at this restaurant for over 2 years and have been a good employee- never missed a shift. i did get 3 writeups over the 2 years for being late.
I live in PA and reading their laws makes me feel like i wont receive unemployment benefits... because i was absent. what do you think? i have already applied and my eligibility is coming in the mail soon.
I read over what you said and I have some questions.
How did you properly report you wouldn't be in to work if you were unaware you were scheduled for work? How does being out of town on Saturday and Sunday relate to missing a shift on Monday?
What does the attendance policy state about being fired? In other words you were you aware of the policy and since you had been warned previously for tardiness did the last warning include something like .. another occurrence and you will be terminated?
Nothing you included would make me feel hopeful either. It's sounds like the employer followed a progressive discipline policy and fired you for good cause. Your absence was within your control, and you didn't tell us how many times you were tardy to work and for what reason.
Determinations are made from the details.