Hello. I'll try to keep this as short as possible. I was working for a major manufacturer through a staffing agency for around 10 months. I worked Monday through Thursday, 10 hour days, with Fridays off. No sick days, period...you get three unpaid weeks of vacation a year, and have to take it at least 1 a week at a time.
First, let me say that the employer, and the temp agency, have a "3 strikes in a year" policy for temps. This includes absences, tardies, car breakdowns, forgetting to call and get your hours on Friday by 3:00 p.m. for the following week, and any other violation. I got my 1st strike this year during Winter when the power went out and I got to work an hour late, the 2nd strike happened about a month later when my vehicle broke down on the way to work and I didn't make it in that day, and my 3rd strike was when I got scheduled to work overtime on a Friday, and got so busy at work that I totally forgot to call the automated hotline to get my hours for the following week. I realized on Saturday morning that I had forgotten to call, so I called and tried to get my hours. The recording had me enter my badge number, and then told me I didn't have any hours because I failed to call by Friday, 3:00 p.m. The company, and the temp agency have a policy that if you don't get hours, you don't go to the work-site the next week, period.
So on the following Monday morning, I called the staffing agency and asked if I still had a job because I forgot to call and get my hours in time, and I knew I already had the 2 other strikes, and they informed me that the company had contacted them and told them to terminate my position. I was never given a reason and assumed that it was for failing to call and get my hours. When I recieved my paperwork for my appeal hearing, the staffing agency is saying I failed to show up at my job assignment (voluntary quit) the following Monday morning. My question is this: If you're not permitted to show up without hours, and I HAD no hours, HOW did I fail to show up for my assignment? My unemployment was denied and I filed an appeal.
This has been a very hard 3 months fighting for my unemployment & waiting on the appeal hearing to get here at the end of this month. It's hard to get another job when the one you had is saying you quit. I've never quit a job. I drove 40 miles each way through all kinds of treacherous weather for 10 months to get to my job every day, and did an outstanding job while there. Does anyone understand what my situation is, and can possibly offer a little insight into what I might or might not expect to happen at this hearing? Thanks in advance for your help.