I was recently terminated from a bank job making $70k a year because I said a curse word in the presence of bank president's wife. Most everyone curses at the bank, including his wife, so didn't think anything of it. And it was said only because I was upset over unfair working conditions. I wasn't even allowed to negotiate or even tell my side of the story, I was escorted out of the building and I was humiliated. I had received a perfect performance review just three weeks prior, so I was truly shocked that I would be fired over something so trivial. In our handbook it states to act appropriate at the workplace, and I was appropriate, as I didn't curse in front of anyone else, and was a one on one conversation. The president of the bank told me I would receive unemployment, since I was no longer a fit, but when I applied, they contested it saying I was inappropriate by cursing since I was upset over a loan. So it was work related, and should be protected by the NLRB in section 7. Now the employer has told everyone I was let go due to being inappropriate, so I can not get another job, since the town is small and everyone knows everyone. I was term 3/31/16
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Two things-
1. Unemployment. Have you filed to appeal the determination and seek a referee hearing? There are strict time limits on appeal.
2. Section 7 may apply, depending on what words you used, and how you said them. It's worth a shot, and it's free. You'll file with the Atlanta office, Nashville suboffice. It's online,or you can call the information officer on duty during business hours.
3. One more thing. You may want to consult with an employment lawyer, just to see if there are other possible causes of action you haven't thought of.
I am sorry that you have found yourself in this situation.
Many states have "blacklisting" laws that prohibit employers from "blacklisting" you and telling other employers that you should not be hired. I would suggest contacting an employment lawyer in your state to explore this possible cause of action.
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