Unemployment denied for alleged theft - Illinois Board of Review Appeal
I was fired from my front desk position because my cash drawer at my hotel came up short $299.88. When I arrived to work my manager had called off and the assistant manager wasn't returning the hotels calls,my shift starts at 6:45am. The NEW rooms executive told me he would have to help me for the day until he could get someone else to come in. Because he is not assigned a cash he let me ring all cash transactions. By 12pm he told me to go on lunch and to leave my drawer unlocked so he could ring transactions if need be. When i returned to the front desk things had slowed down so he went back to his office to start on some of his own work, an half hour later the accountant comes to the front for a routine bank count. During the count she reported the bank being $299.88 short. I told her Bill was working with me and maybe he knew why it was short. She looked for him but couldnt find him. I sarted to panic and told her to check our postings codes to see if maybe there was something to show for the money. She did and told me everything was ok on my end. I worked 4 more hours then left for the day. I was off the following day at about 8:30pm I received a call from my supervisor 2nd shift that HR wanted to meet with me in the morning. I knew something was wrong so I ask him did it have anything to do with my bank. Jeremy and I are close so he told me they were going to fire me and they wanted me to sign a statement to have them deduct the money from my paycheck. I told him I wouldn't do that and he informed me that if I didn't they said they would get the authorities involved. I called HR in the morning and told them what i heard and they confirmed it to be true. I told them i wasn't coming in because I didn't take anything. In the unemployment hearing the accountant testified I admitted 2 taking the money, she lied. She testified she couldn't find Bill- rooms exect, same person who used my drawer until after i left. If i
admitted to stealing the money why didn't she tell anyone eles? She let me work 4 hrs and leave. She could have told my 2nd shift manager, she told no one. I believe something happened the day i was absent to change everything. My manager or HR didn't call me for the meeting while they were at work they had my 2nd shift supervisor call me. The referee overturned the decision saying I was no longer eleigible for benifits because the accountants testimony was credible. The referee completely disregarded the sustancial evidence that supported my testimony. The events that occured after the alleged theft supports my claim. She didnt report me to anyone while I continued to work for 4 hrs out of the same drawer i allegedly stole from, who would actually count out $299.88 if they were stilling, there are cameras at the front desk that I know they viewed but didn't state they saw me take anything. I believed Bill posted a refund which only the manager could do for that amount and she saw the posting under his code thats why she only wanted to talk to him. She testified at the hearing that she couldn't find Bill for 4 and a half hours until after I left, seems strange. She also stated Bill would have the final say if i would get fired because he is over my dept, but that is a conflict of interest. Bill wasn't even present at the hearing. I believe they are protecting him and cost me my job and unemployment. I feel like in the twight light zone. Oh, she testified I told her I stole the money to help pay for my fathers funeral. My father was sick he has cancer and yes I took time off because we thought he wouldn't make it because while in the hospital he caught pneumonia but he never died. I heard the Board Of Review only review the evidence from the hearing. I want to submit evidence that my father is alive to prove I never told her that. I am almost scarred to see what lies she's going to tell to cover up the fact she lied about that. What should i do, my employer still hasn't released my final check and its been about 2 months. I need help.