I have been scheduled for a phone interview!!
I was recently let go from a job I held for the past 6 years. I wasn't surprised and had expected this because business had been extremely slow for the past year. I worked in the oilfield/drilling industry which is really struggling as of late. I noticed this trend last year because I our purchase orders had slowed down significantly. In November of last year (2015) my boss informed us that the contribution to our health insurance would be cut from 80 to 20 percent. That amounted to a pay cut of approximately $400 a month. My boss made it clear that it was because she could no longer afford it and they were looking at ways to cut overhead. In January, business slowed down even more. I researched and read several articles which pointed out that the outlook for the drilling/oil industry was not good. One does not have to search very far to find numerous articles about the job losses not only in the United States, but worldwide. My colleague and I decided to ask our office manager if our jobs were secure seeing how much our work load had decreased. He assured us that our jobs were secure and that there was nothing to worry about. Two weeks later my boss called me to her desk and Said " Mary I have to let you go." My immediate response to her was "I saw this coming. I understand. I have been here 6 years and business has never been this slow. She told me This will be good for you, so you can concentrate more on school." She repeatedly told me how sorry she was and I told her not to feel bad for me. I told her I was confident that I would find something and maybe this is for the best. Maybe there is something else I'm suppose to do. She agreed and told me how she's been doing this for twenty years and she herself does not know how much longer she can do this. I asked about unemployment and she told me to apply. I went back the next day to collect my final check from the manager. I received my unemployment paperwork the second week of February. I checked my online unemployment account last week to see if any checks had been issued as of
yet. I had a notification that a phone interview had been scheduled to "determine eligibility". I did not think anything of it until I received the notice in the mail with the following questions:
1-Why are you no longer working at your very last job?
2-Were you warned that your actions could result in being fired?
3-When were you warned?
I'm confused as to why I have to answer these questions? I was not fired. At no time did my boss say the word fired or say that I had done anything wrong. Our final conversation was exceptionally heartfelt and friendly. I feel betrayed that someone I respected and though of as being honest and ethical would do this to me. My boss straight out lied to avoid payment for my unemployment benefits. I have never been written up in the six years I worked there. I received a favorable yearly review each and every year I was employed. I received a raise and a bonus each and every year except for the last year. My boss apologized for not giving me a raise, but still gave me a bonus. Again, she made it clear that she could not afford giving me a raise this year because of how slow business was. I received a Christmas bonus every single year. It's obvious that she needed to cut overhead and between myself and the other employee I was the one who made the most so I was the likely candidate to get cut. I can completely understand that. What I don't understand or accept is the fact that she lied to the unemployment department to save a few bucks. I am jaded to say the least and this has taught me a very valuable lesson. My interview is scheduled for next week. I am eager to tell them my side of the story. Any suggestions on how to approach this? Any experience with this kind of situation. Again the issue here is that my ex employer has given a completely different and false reason for why I am no longer employed. I spoke to my ex colleague and she informed me that they have not and will not be hiring anyone in the near future. In fact she is now responsible for her duties and all of the duties I use to handle.