I was fired unjustly, I was told to leave until I received a call to come to work from the manager , after reviewed something. I was never told what was happening, no write ups, no verbal warnings. I was suspended for two weeks and then told to come in and was fired for no reason, nor did I receive any paperwork, or the reason why I was suspended and then fired.
Ohio has codified “at-will” employment in the state statutes as the default Employer/Employee relationship. You are considered an at-will employee unless you (1) have a contract with your employer, (2) are an employee of the government or a public agency, or (3) are a member of a labor union. In most situations, at will employment means your employer can terminate your position for no reason or for any reason that is not contrary to law. One example of reasons that are contrary to law is discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.”
Based on your description of events in the question, it sounds like you may not have a claim against your former employer. However, it is possible that your former employer is refusing to provide a reason because the real reason it fired you may be unlawful. I would recommend hiring an employment law attorney in your area to explore the case more thoroughly.
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Ohio Unemployment has three appeals steps. The first is done in writing to ODJFS. The second involves a hearing, most often done by telephone, with the unemployment compensation review commission. That hearing is usually the best and last decision.
If you have been wrongfully denied unemployment, you may consider contacting an attorney who regularly practices with unemployment. Many of us offer free initial consultations. Such attorneys can help get a copy of your full file from unemployment, draft appeals and represent you during the the telephone hearing to give you the best opportunity to qualify for benefits.
Also, be aware that it is important that the appeals get turned in within the timelines.
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