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Old 09-23-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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I just received a letter in the mail from unemployment for a telephone hearing date on Mon. I was fired from my old job in Oct 2012 for misconduct although it was not truly misconduct. I worked for a bank in there fraud customer service dept., the bank had the regular customer service number listed under the fraud dept. name on the bank website so our dept. would consistently get calls from customers asking to speak to regular customer service, the normal policy was to transfer them to the dept. there looking for, so after almost a yr of being in that dept. and doing it that way our supervisor told us during a group meeting to just help the customer anyway although they were calling the wrong dept. so the entire fraud dept. which consisted of about 20 people would take the call but sometimes we would still transfer the call to the right dept. anyway. To make a long story short I was fired because they said instead of taking two calls on a particular day i transferred the customer to customer service (where they were asking to go in the first place) as oppose to taking the call. Remind you i never received any warning! or any write up about this! never signed any documents about this either. I opened a claim for unemployment on 10/21/12 and from the looks of the letter my old job put in a appeal on 11/30/12 (i guess in NJ it takes a while for the process to happen) I NEED advice has this happen to anyone before? I don't want to have to pay back almost a yr worth of unemployment which is about $15k. I need opinions, advice, something? Would they really make a single mother of two young children that is in school full time pay back this money?
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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Just tell them what you told us.

And YES, they would make a single mother with two kids in school full time pay back the money. LOL!

Are you kidding? We're talking about a government that wants to take away foodstamps from "single women with two kids in school full time".
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:09 PM
 
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I just received a letter in the mail from unemployment for a telephone hearing date on Mon. I was fired from my old job in Oct 2012 for misconduct although it was not truly misconduct.

I opened a claim for unemployment on 10/21/12 and from the looks of the letter my old job put in a appeal on 11/30/12 (i guess in NJ it takes a while for the process to happen) I NEED advice has this happen to anyone before?

Would they really make a single mother of two young children that is in school full time pay back this money?
Yes, NJ is often behind the curve on investigating appeals and gives employers far too much latitude in contesting benefits. Thus, NJ enacted a law a few years ago to prevent this after-the-fact repayment problem for people. Some have reported here employment law attys in NJ feel this law has no teeth. Nonetheless, it exists, as far as I know:

Gov. Christie signs bill protecting unemployment benefits | newjerseynewsroom.com

Worst case, if you lose your benefits now, find a good attorney and assert your rights under this legislation.
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