Was fired Feb. 11, 2013 for not meeting my quota. Had been with company since June 2012.
The companhy's main focus is vehicle leasing. They have had a dedicated salesperson work on equipment leasing in the past, and it has never worked out. Prior to agreeing to work for them, I asked what would be different this time around as I did not want to quite a job where I had been for almost 3 years to work at a position that has never been successful in the past. I asked the president of the company and the VP of Sales what was going to be done differently this time around to ensure success in the position. I was told by the president of the co. that they were going to give all the equipment leasing leads to me.
At the Oct. sales meeting the president of the company announced that all the inside sales reps and the one other outside sales rep (who, by the way, is married to the daughter of the bank's president who routinely refers bank customers to my previous employer. In turn, the chairman of my previous employer is on the board of directors of the bank) needed to close as many equipment leases as they could as I would be handling all equipment leases beginning Nov. 1 - the start of the new fiscal year.
On Nov. 1 I met with my supervisor to go over my sales quota, which was in-line with what the company had done in the previous year. I felt very comfortable with the quota since I would be handling all the equipment leases. I had to sign the bottom of the form that included "I acknowledge that my failure to achieve year-to-date quota for each month may be considered job-related misconduct subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination."
I was never given any equipment lease leads as promised from the company but continued to do the best I could and did continue to bring in new business. In the 7 1/2 months I was with the company I was awarded "salesman of the month" 3 times. In addition, I was the only person in the company to win an on-going contest for new business that met certain criteria. At the Nov. sales meeting I was presented with the $1,000 cash prize. Also, I was selected as the best salesperson to participate in a trade show that was held in Oct. and given $100 cash for winning the contest.
Imagine my surprise and shock when I was fired Feb. 11, 2013!
The other sales rep, who is in his mid 20's and married to the banker's daughter, was doing worse that I was - even after being fed leads from the company, and was not let go.
I immediately filed an unemployment claim. My previous employer denied the claim, but the TWC sided with me and I eventually started to received my unemployment benefits. The ex-employer appealed the claim, and a telephone hearing was held last week. It appears that the TWC has reversed their decision.
Is it worthwhile to appeal this decision? Is there anything else I can do to have the unemployment reinstated?
Thank you for your input and advice!