I started at a job as a part-time employee one year ago in Georgia. From the start, I worked 38-44 hours a week. In Feb.'09, hours were cut to about 5 per week. I filed unemployment benefits and started receiving unemployment checks from Georgia. When my employer found out, they became enraged saying I was hired as part-time help and that I wasn't going to set a precedent by filing an unemployment claim against them.
When I showed up to do a few hours of work one day in Feb. "09, they had a man waiting who said he was there to give a drug test. Nobody at this place has ever had to do this and only 3 of us were tested. I passed it. Next, they sent the Georgia Employment Commission a letter stating that I had refused work! I NEVER refused any of the 4-5 hours they give me a week presently. This resulted in a conference call with employer and Georgia Employment people. The employer stated in call that I was hired as part-time and I knew it.
Several days later, a letter arrived from GA Employment Office saying they ruled against my claim, since I was part-time and the amount I had been paid in unemployment benefits would have to be paid back, unless the decided to waive it due to specific criteria. I have all my pay stubs since starting work there and almost all weeks, I worked close to or above 40 hours. What is the legal limit in GA to be considered a full-time employee? If I was hired as part-time, but worked full-time. Am I not qualified for any consideration in unemployment benefits? I smell a rat.