Thanks in advance for any advice you have on this situation. It involves my mother who worked for an irrigation company as their secretary for 6years. She was best friends with one of her bosses, who was a seemingly nice lady. She worked for her friend, and her friends boyfriend who are co-owners.
About a year ago now, my mother and her boss had a big argument away from work (they hung out alot together off work) about some coworkers which ended their friendship. This has made the workplace pretty estranged for my mother, as she has to tip toe around this former friend and current boss. They have not been friends since, as my mothers boss doesn’t want to make friends.
About a month ago, my mother called her boss after work hours to ask him a personal question about work that day. Apparently it made him angry and he called my mothers other boss and former friend, who outraged, called my mother drunk on friday night and fired her.
My mother is now currently trying to file for unemployment, and her former boss is appealing her claim, stating that she was late alot and claims my mother was disrespectful to a customer!! My mother was probably slightly late once every couple of weeks. She was never given a written warning or verbal warning for being late.
Angry for my mother, since her boss is a longtime family friend, i got involved and called her former friend, who told me over the phone that she basically fired her because of the phone call my mother made to her boyfriend. She told me it was later AFTER SHE FIRED MY MOTHER that one of the other employees stated that my mother was disrespectful to an employee, making it obvious to me that this is not the reason she fired my mother.
Now my mother has been denied for unemployment,, and i feel bad for her. IT seems she was fired for personal reasons, as she was very good at her job and as i said worked there for several years.
The big question is, can my mother appeal this denied claim? Is it worth the pursuit? Could i get involved because i spoke with her former boss and she told me right on the phone that she was basically lying to the unemployment office as to the reason for firing my mother over a customer? This is really starting to infuriate our family.
Sorry for the long story, but it is such a bizarre one, thanks again for any help on the matter
Can your mother appeal? Absolutely as long as she appeals timely.
Is it worth pursuing? Definitely.
And you can be a witness with direct testimony of your conversations with this former “friend/supervisor” of your mother’s.
One question though. What was the question your mother asked the boss man? I’m hoping it won’t change my opinion.
By the way .. it’s not that bizarre .. and the employer can talk attendance issues all they want .. but can they prove it? If it ain’t written .. it didn’t happen so how will they prove your mother was made aware and knew that her job was in jeopardy because of being late?
Same thing goes for customer complaints ..
But I’m still wondering why Nebraska found in favor of the employer .. if they didn’t have any documentation to support “work related misconduct”.
Oh well, that not a bizarre happening either .. but it is one that only an appeal hearing can correct.
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