I was Fired for Unprofessional Behavior
I was fired on July 26, 2016 for unprofessional behavior I was told. District manager retaliated after I reached out to HR about major issues brought up to my attention as a store manager. Right after I reached out to HR, the District Manager came into my store and fired me.
What should I tell unemployment tomorrow when I have my initial interview? I have worked for this company for 6 years and never had any problems with any of my upper management until this new DM took over our district, decided to fire all existing staff in order to bring her own managers she worked with at prior company. Please guide me on what to do or say in order to collect my unemployment. Thank you.
You should tell them what you just told me S. (removed your unique name and city in NJ for your own good). For an employer to have a good case of misconduct, it's always advisable they also have prior written warnings leading up to the final incident causing discharge.
This new DM may have had prior experiences doing this to others, to know that sometimes just the suggestion of unprofessional behavior works. Especially when a claimant approaches the interview certain it's they who must convince the interviewer they are not guilty.
But that's the opposite of how the misconduct burden should be approached, because it's the employer who must prove unprofessional behavior actually occurred.
Making a complaint to HR before you were fired about major issues (don't know if they related to this new DM) is a good thing for you, because it suggests the discharge may of been in retaliation for you going to HR.
It's the counter move intended to raise questions for the adjudicator who should then go back to the employer .. to get some much needed clarification. Do you have proof of the complaint being sent to
HR? Can you discuss with the adjudicator the major issues? I hope they do call into question the new DM's motivation for firing you shortly after.
People get wonked out before initial adjudication interviews and that's why they make mistakes, even when their story sounds so reasoned and sensible and seems, even to me, to be sticking to the only relevant points available, about why the discharge should be found to be for something other than misconduct.
For me, if your story is complete and unedited of details that would otherwise matter to my thoughts, what was unprofessional behavior was that of the new DM.
The assertion is likely unsupported by previous employer documentation about your behavior .. but there are managers out there who also make people want to quit their job .. or throw themselves at their mercy, who come across as very credible witnesses .. so if you can prove you made that complaint to HR just prior to the discharge and it was a concern about the DM .. then all the better. Ask the adjudicator where they want you to send the proof.
But, do not forget for a second, who has to prove what S. And that you are merely rebutting, or if it helps to get my point across .. reporting the facts about your separation, as you experienced that. Try not to cry, sound angry, don't insult the DM as if you were on a playground, or embellish what should only be direct answers to direct questions.
Listen carefully to what the interviewer asks you .. and answer with an economy of words (something I personally suck at as you can tell) and most of all let the truth shine clearly .. not your feelings.
I think you'll be fine S., but if it doesn't go well, let me know.
PS I moved your question from the testimonial page to the "I got fired" questions.