I worked for 6 months in a warehouse as the manager. I supervised 2 warehouse workers and 2 drivers. After 1 month, one worker had a heart attack and was not replaced. I was asked to go on without him. I started filling in for him, assuming his duties and more. The warehouse had been a mess and disorganized. I got it looking good and working well, getting compliments and a small Christmas bonus. A short time later, one of the drivers got throat cancer, and he was not replaced, so my remaining worker was put in his place to drive the truck. I found myself alone in the warehouse, doing the work of 3 people. Also, the forklifts kept breaking down, and because the company (very small company) was refusing to pay repair bills, repairs were delayed for long periods of time. I often had only one forklift, and that one was not working properly, creating difficult and dangerous working conditions.
I became very frustrated and had a few occasions when I "vented" in the warehouse, and used inappproriate language as I "vented". I never directed my "venting" at any other employees or my supervisor, who worked in the office, a hundred yards away. I never refused to do any work or disobeyed orders,nor was I late, absent, or insubordinate. I never received any verbal or written warnings, nor discussion about my frustrations. My requests regarding replacing the missing workers were met with " can you guys get it done for a while?". The manager said they would give the workers(I didn't ask about myself) some extra compensation. A month later, the workers asked me about the extra money, so I asked the manager and he denied ever saying that he would give them anything extra.Trying to be a company guy I kept on. Also, the company trucks, due to age, kept breaking down, and put the driver in dangerous roadside situations. I was terminated at my 6 month review, cited for "not being a good fit". I had been laid off from a previous job so I had collected on that claim for the ensuing 4 months.
I found another job, but was laid off due to a sharp decline in their busuiness. I filed a claim for the 6 months I had worked there, was interviewed on the phone, and recieved a letter saying I had been granted my UI benefits.
The employer has appealed, stating "severe misconduct"
What are your thoughts?