Does my previous employer have to give an explanation since I was given a reason for termination?

I worked for a small town as city recorder for 9 months. I was the 3rd recorder in less than a year. The Mayor created a hostile work environment which is the reason for the previous 2 recorders quitting. When the Mayor started singling me out i.e yelling at me, nit picking etc. I went to the Board of Alderman for help. Long story short the Mayor fired me. The reason for termination was "willful misconduct". I then filed for unemployment. I contacted the Mayor's office for an explanation of "willful misconduct". I was told if I wanted an explanation I needed to contact the unemployment office. When i contacted the unemployment office I was told they did not have any information from my employer. Does my previous employer have to give an explanation since I was given a reason for termination?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 8, 2008 03:14 AM [EST]  |  applies to Tennessee

Answers (1)

Charles Yezbak
Apply for Unemployment

Just apply for unemployment. The employer will then have to fill out a form stating the specifics of why you were terminated, which you will get to see. If your unemployment is denied appeal and ask for an in-person hearing. You can ask the employer questions and testify as to what happened. If the "hositle work environment" was because of your inclusion in a protected class or your engaging in protected activity you might have additional rights.

posted by Charles Yezbak  |  Feb 8, 2008 5:46 PM [EST]

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