I quit my job due to discrimination and harassment can I still get unemployment benefits
(Battle Creek MI USA)
I am due to go to court on Wednesday, to appeal my case.
To put it as short of a story as I can, I only worked in this job for 5 1/2 months.
During this time I bid on another job under the same manager, went to the manager and asked for her support, she replied I have already hired for that position two months ago. I then asked her why was it just posted. (all jobs are to be offered internally before externally) She replied "For legalities".
Next issue is that on my 2nd or 3rd day there I asked to meet with her and it ended up in a conversation involving cuss words by her to me in front of other co-workers.
I also got to hear the story of her moving home to her parents and her walking up from the basement to find her dad naked stoking a fire and her mother was under the kitchen table naked. I find this to fit under harassment. WHY would you share that story with your co-workers, especially if your the Manager.
Everyday you'd go into work wondering who was going to be her target of the day. I was the target a few times, but she left nobody out, everybody got a turn!!! She had such I bad day one that she literally took it out on me. She yelled and screamed and yes this was done in front of all the staff. I'm talking, in my face, yelling and screaming. She didn't hold back. She even did it to the Doctors.
Needless to say, I thought
I was doing the right thing by at least giving a two week notice. I did resign my position.
I know this is probably hard to believe, but it is the truth. One more thing, I did follow the chain of command, I did call Human Resources. They were well aware of her actions, but nothing was ever done about it. Her boss was also contacted, but nothing done about it.
No employee should have to work in a Hostile work place. Should I be entitled to unemployment benefits.
Believe it or not, I have absolutely no trouble whatsoever believing you. Your experience is the experience of many.
Now, what exactly was the straw that broke the camel's back for you. Was it the fact that you did not get the job you applied for or was it the fact that despite all your efforts by following the chain of command the the harassment continued?
Do you remember the names of the people you spoke to? Do you have any "WRITTEN" documentation?
Do you have anyone that can testify on your behalf that witnessed one of these "unreasonable outburst"?
Choose your issue. Focus on the fact that you tried to preserve the job. Be calm and factual.
Did you know that Michigan has an Advocacy Program
Check it out.
Good Luck Darcie, let us know how it goes. It'll be important to know the outcome for the next one of us in the same situation.
PS You didn't tell us how the employer protested...something like, The claimant voluntarily quit due to dissatisfaction with the job, continuing work was available??