I've got a bit of an unusual situation.
My car inexplicably died on me enroute to work. I notified my supervisor
immediately and was asked to keep her informed. The next day the car
was looked at by the dealership and was told that it looked like the problem
was with the engine. Again, I talked with the area supervisor and was told
because I'd already missed two days that he was going to take me off the
schedule until further notice. I agreed that that was probably best and would
let them know something once I did.
Basically, the dealership called me every day to let me know what was going
on. They thought it was the timing chain but it turned out that the timing
chain breaking was just a symptom. The engine would have to be replaced
but luckily it was still under warranty for another month or so. At this point, I
was on the warranty inspector's time waiting for them to come out and approve
repairs. I notified my bosses that I was waiting for them to come out and inspect
the vehicle which would take a few days.
At first, they refused to approve repairs. At this point, I was desperate and just
wanted the car fixed so I could get back to work. I couldn't get a ride to work
with any family members, my wife neither drives nor owns a second car, and I
don't live on any bus routes nor do I own a valid credit card with which to
purchase a rental. My insurance only covers rentals due to accidents not
mechanical failure. Anyway, I called the dealership up but the technician was
out to lunch so I did something stupid and drastic and left my checkcard number
on the machine in hopes that they would go ahead and order a replacement engine.
Well, the technician understood my frustration and erased the message. He said
he'd talk to the warranty company. They sent out a *second* inspector who finally
approved the repairs. I called my boss and let her know that they expected to have
my car ready the following Tuesday.
Well, problems arose with the replacement engine but they were still able to
finish repairs by the end of business Tuesday. I drove to my workplace and spoke
with my boss using the store phone. I was told to call the area supervisor and set up
a meeting. After a day of not getting in touch with me, he finally returned my call and
we met Thursday morning. I appeared in full uniform and was ready to work after the
meeting if needed. After explaining the situation to him, I was told that I shouldn't
have missed more than one day of work and was being fired on that basis. I was never
warned or given an ultimatum...just to keep them informed and that I had been removed
from the schedule for the time being. I didn't argue and I walked out gracefully.
However, after spending nearly two months applying and certifying for unemployment
benefits, I received a notice in the mail saying I was disqualified for "failure to follow rules,
orders, or instructions." I have immediately applied for an appeal.
I didn't miss work through any fault of my own and there was no deliberate intent. I needed
my job for many reasons and did everything in my power to try and keep it. My unique set
of circumstances simply didn't allow me to get to work. I'm not denying they had grounds to
fire me but to deny me unemployment?
What should I do? Are there any specific details/evidence I should gather for my appeal and
what chances do I really have?
Thanks in advance for any advice.