My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: SC.
I was employed at a restuarant for 8 years. As anyone who has worked at this sort of job knows,Practical jokes are played all the time.One of the jokes was to cut the light out on an employee who goes into the cooler.Then the light goes back on and the person says,"Boo! I got you!"I played this joke on a coworker.She got very upset and I apologised in front of witnesses.She accepted my apology and said everything was ok.I was later told that I could not work my next shift because she complained to the manager.I was fired 2 days later for "hostile work environment!".I had never been written up and was a good employee.I was told that I would still get unemployment cause I had been a good employee.I was very upset.I was also told that I could be rehired.And that the girl's parents had called the home office and complained about me.I am black.She was white.
I filed for unemployment.A month later,that location was closed.I now believed I got fired so they would not have to pay me severance pay.I was disqualified for 12 weeks for horseplay at work.But my termination sheet said I was terminated for creating a Hostile work environment.How does a few seconds of a light off create a hostile work environment??Not to mention,everybody did it to everybody and I was the only one fired.
I had my appeal today and brought 2 witnesses.No one came to represent the restuarant.What do you think my chances are?I was never written up nor warned.Always a good employee.I feel angry about how I was treated over this incident.I worked there 8 years and drove 70 miles a day.