First, good for you for getting out a bad work environment. Second, keep any communication from your former employer on record. Meaning only take voice messages and emails and letters. Make sure you have records of her contacting you and what she says.
If she persist in bothering you, you might have a claim depending on how much of a nuisance she is. Most employment attorneys give free consultations. Just keep that in mind in the future when you decide you may need one.
Your hearing should go fine. As one of my other colleagues suggested, try to get another employer to vouch for the bad work conditions. Like another colleague stated, nobody can read your employer's mind, not even the unemployment office. That hearing is going to be used to determine what really happened. The more evidence the better.
Good luck to you.
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Your guess is as good as hours what her problem is. No one on Avvo can read the woman's mind, so there is no way to know why she is making an issue of this. Maybe she thinks you are going to sue her. But you are right, now that you no longer work there, there is nothing to discuss. It is probably best to keep any contact to a minimum.
However, you are going to have difficulty getting unemployment benefits because you resigned. She will surely fight you on that issue. You will have the burden of convincing the EDD and, ultimately, an administrative law judge that you have done everything a reasonable person would have done to keep your job and you were, essentially, forced to quit for a very good reason. Otherwise, you will be denied for having voluntarily quit. If you are denied benefits, make sure you file a timely appeal (20 days). Good luck.
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There is a lot here, but at the same time not much detail to go on. It sounds like your resignation letter states that you were resigning due to "certain working conditions," and that your employer may be trying to make sure that you do not repeat what you saw to others. Your employer is also probably going to contest your claim for unemployment benefits. You are not entitled to unemployment benefits when you resign; however, it is possible you may be able to claim that you were forced to resign because of the conditions you were forced to work under. If so, you should speak to an employment attorney to explain fully what happened. A public forum like this is not a good place to reveal such information.
My colleagues are offering good advice, but I think you should get your unemployment benefits, because you had "good cause" to quit, because you were forced to work under bad I conditions (you don't say what those are, so I'm assuming the conditions were "good cause" to quit, since another employee quit for the same reason). You are going to need that other employee to attend your hearing to testify to that effect. If you visit the legal guides section of my avvo profile, you will find a legal guide about unemployment benefits you may find helpful.
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