too much socializing and inconsistent productivity
I work for a consulting firm as a data entry person. They had numerous meetings about talking to co-workers and keeping productivity consistent and error-free. I think I was asked once or twice during private meetings to try and be more consistent and reduce my socializing. These meetings were for the 3 month reviews because it was a temp to perm position. I was recently called in and was told that I was socializing too much and that my productivity was not consistent so they fired me. However, I was moved to work on a new project at the time and I worked very hard there. Also, there was no way to track productivity on the new project so I don't see how that could have been an issue. I also talked to a co-worker now and then but it was not for long periods of time. I was told that I will have a phone interview for unemployment benefits, but I am afraid that I will be denied. Is there any way I can keep trying to get these benefits or do I have to just forget about it? Thanks!
If you are denied you do have the right to appeal the determination, however I am a little confused because I can't tell if the "last project" you worked on was the one you were fired from and if it was the same company that fired you.
You also said it was a temp position and I'm wondering who exactly you worked for...
If you got the temp job through a "temporary staffing agency" you were actually their employee and most states have special provision for temporary workers (including NJ) requiring you to contact the staffing agency for further work otherwise it is considered a voluntary quit....irregardless of the reason an assignment ended.
Being fired for too much socializing indicates a neglect of duties, which is misconduct if the employer can prove it, but this whole point is moot if you worked for a staffing agency and failed to contact them for further work.
If you'd care to elaborate on the point of whom you worked for that would be great. Another thing to keep in mind is it is the last or most recent job the state is concerned with.