I was fired from my job because of a comment I posted to an ex-coworker. The comment was posted on my own time (lunch) and in my car. So I did not break any company rules: harassment nor internet or computer abuse. They assumed the comment was work related, while I’ve known this person for 6 years.
Unemployment was told I was "separated in misconduct in connection to my work. " My VP told me I wasn’t being fired for work performance, just because of the comment. I feel that contradicts their reason for separation.
The company did not follow termination protocol: a verbal warning and two write ups. I have NO warnings or write ups in 4+ years.I sent in our handbook policies; an email from HR on the steps to termination and a doc from the VP about how to fire: which state 3 write ups and to base it upon actual facts; also my lunch receipt as I was exempt employee so they did not track our times.
This company is known to lie to UE and I am worried about the examiner's interview.
Is there anything else I can do? Do I have a solid case? Should I hire a lawyer? I don't feel like I'm wrong because I followed the company rules, but they lie to UE every time.
This is the comment:
"I was just about to come find you!! i am so sorry that n.n. attacked you. remember you're better than her in every way! shes like 50 and unmarried with no kids. she probably hates herself and takes it out on decent ppl"
I have made it a point not to friend ex or current coworkers on facebook, but knowing her for so long I made the exception.
The company also refused to give me a copy of my termination papers, which I refused to sign as I did not agree with the termination. I did write on it that I didn’t break any rules and I didn’t agree with them.