I was hired as a FT employee by a large corporation to work at home for their new account which I specialize in - Radiology. I was paid 12.50 an hour base plus tier level per report starting at 45,000, 49,000 and within 2 years I was making 50,000 a year and at 4 years was making 56,000.00.
Four years later, the radiology department I transcribed for (Bassett Hospital) went to voice recognition. I was not informed until I clocked in and saw that there was no work (I work from home). My supervisor asked if I had worked in any other areas of medicine. ER History and Physicals, multispeciality clinic were the only other 2 I could transcribe confidently and I told her this.
Because my company had just signed a contract with a nationwide medical provide, they did not have enough Acute Care transcriptionists at the time so placed me on that account
I could not do the Acute Care work - we are paid by the line and it took me an hour to get through the report. Medication errors are reason for dismissal and patients I have discovered take numerous ones.
I called the HR and talked with the head of our division. He told me that I may have no other choice to but to quit, that he had to quit a job at one time because of income and it is just life. I requested to be layed off and he said "We don't lay off, it is too expensive." I asked if there were any other radiology positions and he said no.
So, I found another job and quit. However, I have not recovered my income of 56,000.00 a year. But rather am making about 24,000.00 a year.
Am I eligible for Partial Unemployment in California? I am working PT but am 3 months behind on my mtg. I have 14,000 in debt and income is only keeping utilities on and food on table and feed the dogs and cats. I am 51, single. I have done this work since the age of 19.
I am good in my area of work which is Radiology and very specialized. Due to outsourcing to Indian workers, Voice Recognition our field has been especially hit hard.
I am in process of filling out Continued claim for but also have an appt with a BK atty as I am afraid I will be sued by a creditor. What do you think?
Thank you very much.
Sleepless in California
As an aside, I want to say that 2 yrs into job, I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer (this may or may not be relevant).