I am writing this to let everyone know that it is possible to win an unemployment appeal in Florida after quitting your job. The reason I am writing is because before my appeal I went searching and found hardly any reference on the matter. I was forced to resign my job due to workplace abuses and substantial unilateral changes to my working conditions (in other words I was the only one subjected to the treatment in the entire company)I was not given any of the resources that every other worker had to complete their tasks such as telephone, internet access and time. My health deteriorated. Winning this was alot of hard work! First of all let me tell you how important it is to vigilantly document every action your employer takes towards you even if you journal it. In my case I saved every e-mail that was sent to me, either through making a hard copy or forwarding it to my own private account. I also forwarded to 2 other trusted people as back-up. I also journaled events that happened which translated into a 14 page narrative of abuses and incidents. I kept voicemails. Second, I hired a lawyer and it was free because I applied to legal aid. The lawyer dug through 200 pages of documentation and came up with 30 pages that he thought were relevant. He worked with me prior to the hearing asking me questions he thought may be asked and how to answer them concisely. I had 4 witnesses. After 3 months and 2 postponements my hearing went forth and my employer came to the hearing completely unprepared. They sent no documentation and mostly helped my case by volunteering information such as that there were budget cuts and they had to do the best they could. The favorable decision was up on the internet the day of the hearing I think because one of the employers witness, the boss of my boss, outright lied even though the documentation in their hands told the truth in black and white what he knew. If you are in this situation my advice to you is PREPARE. In a voluntary quit case the burden of proof is on you. Do everything you can if you feel you will have to leave your job in the future. Save those e-mails, write down events, talk to people. You are not alone. Oh also retrieve your personnel file as soon as you can prior to leaving, I did this also because you never know what they think they can add after the fact. It can be done people I am proof of it even though it was extremely difficult. I thank God.
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