tardiness, but more of just an excuse to lay me off without having to pay UI
Im going to keep the story as short as possible, but hopefully you can give me some advice on how to fight this. My name is Steve and I live in Utah.
I work as an IT tech for a large bank, we basically operate as a call center. When I was first hired we had a pretty relaxed boss that focused on just making sure everyone got the job done. He was very flexible on tardiness, and himself and essentially every worker came in to work 15-30 mins late every day.
We got a new boss a couple months ago and hes been itchin for an excuse to clear people off the books to drive down numbers. We have all been overworked and underappreciated since he got here.
I had been working there for almost two years. Because of the bad economy recently, my parents have worked extra hours and I have taken the responsibility of picking up my little sister from school. This caused me to be tardy once in awhile, but I had spoken about this with my supervisor, and he agreed to push my shift back. Even though my shift was pushed back though I still had the occasional tardiness, but I never skipped out on work and had fantastic reviews and was recognized very often for doing an outstanding job and going above and beyond what was asked of me.
I thought everything was good, I had not been written up ever in my time there for anything, until about a month ago. I was suddenly written up for "excessive tardiness" (keep in mind that I was only about 15 minutes late, and that was a very common theme for the people working there. I worked a night swing shift and it was always very relaxed for the night shift people, but even the daytime people ALL came in late and nobody ever got written up for it). I was told that I had to call in if I was late and if I was late 2 more times in the next 90 days I
would be terminated.
I was late 3 times in the next 2 weeks, but I called in every time (My little sister was doing the school play so she had to stay a little extra for rehearsal and that made it so I had to cut it close). I was called into my bosses office and told that we were going to "part ways", that they needed someone "more reliable". I felt that it came out of nowhere because our department had always run with a kind of relaxed attitude and all of a sudden I get picked out and canned.
During the firing they also mentioned how that earlier that week during one of my tardies (I work saturdays for extra hours because i am a student and couldnt really work as much during the week), I woke up late, called in, and hurried to work. When I got there I noticed that there was a system outage and that it was a bit of an emergency. I quickly got to work and forgot to clock in. After my shift I emailed one of my supervisors and told them I forgot to clock in, but I must have misstyped or not remembered correctly because I gave them a time that is an hour before I actually got there. This was an honest mistake and I have never had a history of trying to forge time clocks or whatever. They mentioned this as the "final straw" in firing me. His exact words were "after we saw that, we said enough was enough".
I applied for UI benefits and was approved and now they are fighting it. Do I have a case? or am I SOL. I am sorry if I have not provided enough information, so just let me know if you need any more. I really appreciate your site and I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!
Can you tell me the reasoning the state gave you on your determination for allowing benefits .. I'd also like to know what the official company policy is for tardiness.