I was recently fired from my job and was never given any reason why. The last day I worked, my husband had come in to work to get my check. He informed me he wanted to talk to the owner of the business because said owner had been on my case all week long and I shouldn't be coming home from work crying. I asked him to just let it go, I was over it and we needed the income. He went to talk to him anyway. According to everyone who saw it, my husband was polite and discreet, whereas the owner of the store told him that he was being inappropriate. My husband came back to where I was working to tell me what happened. A few moments later, the owner came back into my work area looking like he was ready to fight. My husband put his hands up and backed away. The owner asked him what he wanted to talk to him about and hubby said, "My wife has been coming home crying a lot lately. Would you please lay off her a bit."
The owner started yelling at my husband to get off the property and told me to give him my store keys. My husband asked him if he was firing me. "No" was the answer, "I'm sending her home because she's too emotional to be here." Hubby left, owner and manager and myself were still in the warehouse and owner gave me the option to stay at work or go home for the rest of the day. I chose to leave.
I had the following three days off. I told other co-workers what was most likely going to happen the night before my normal return to schedule: owner was going to have the manager call me and tell me not to come in the next day. That is almost exactly what happened, with one major exception: I was suspended pending managerial review. I called manager back, got voice mail, left a message asking what I was suspended for and got no response.
The Friday after I was sent home, I got a phone call from the manager, she got my voice mail and she left me a message stating that she was mailing me my check and that the owner had decided to terminate my employment. Still, no reason.
So, because I knew that I was most likely going to either be suspended for a week or fired, I went ahead and filed for UI. I got a letter from the Unemployment Department asking a couple of questions - like why was I fired and what did I do to prevent being fired... I filled out the forms and got a call a couple of days ago from Unemployment.
She asked me for my side of the story, which I gave. She told me that our stories were similar - but very different. She said that the owner had told her my husband had asked him 5-6 times to lay me off so I could stay home with the kids (an outright lie. He works from home so he can be home with the kids). There had been a write-up in Feb for a procedural discrepancy on my part. When I got and signed the write-up, there was absolutely nothing on there about a 90-day probation. She asked me if I knew about any probation, which I did not. According to the case worker, it was on the write-up form - in a different hand. She even said "it looks like this was added after the fact."
I know I wrote a book to get to the point. Is the doctoring of my employee files illegal? What recourse do I have?