My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: IN
Hello, I'm from Indianapolis, IN.
I was recently employed at a retail store for a year and a half, I worked up an excellent track record with above standard reviews and awards granted on what seemed like a monthly basis. Even though I was hired in at the lowest "team", pay grade wise, over the course of this year and a half I was cross trained in literally every team in the store, able to efficiently and correctly complete tasks across the board including a few managerial duties relating to sensitive and private information.
I have certificates of training in these teams, stating that I am capable of doing the work, etc. I was told before each training that I was being trained to ensure I would have more hours made available to me by separate managers. I spoke with department heads across the board, and up and onwards ending in a long discussion with the store manager. I was even granted some strange appreciation from the district manager for my work.
In the last three months that I worked my hours dropped from 45 - 50 hours a week down to a whopping 15 hours for the entire month of February. Even that is not an accurate reflection as I was called and told not to report in the following day, as hours were cut and I was not needed. I struggled through these 3 months, talking to everyone in a position of authority within this store, it simply did not matter.
I decided to submit a 2 weeks notice, as I was working under laid-off terms (I presume, does 15 hours a month qualify as laid off when hours are available one week, and the next three there are 0?), in hopes of at least retaining a good reference as my track record is so good. I applied for unemployment, and it was denied stating "It has not been established the working conditions were detrimental to the claimant and justified the claimant's separation. The claimant is ineligible for benefits in accordance with IC-22-4-15-1."
I do not at all understand how these conditions were not detrimental to me. 15 hours in a month, minus the 6 hour day that was cancelled, is indeed detrimental! I was not fired, I have no notices of complaint against me, my availability was completely open, and I was being shuttled from different teams even when I was scheduled under one to assist in another due to my qualifications. I did not receive a promotion for the entire period I worked at this store, not in pay grade, I even asked for a simple 'team' upgrade which applies in rank alone, everything was denied me even though I have such an outstanding record and healthy work relationships with the management team including the store manager.
Please forgive my ignorance of what counts as detrimental legally, I am very young and am trying to wade through this frustrating time on my own. In fact I was kicked out of my shared apartment by my room mates, because these sparse hours did not allow me to pay the bills I was indebted to. I'm living with a former coworker from the same store whom I only spoke to on breaks! I truly do not understand how this is not cause to leave this company and seek employment elsewhere. I quit as I mentioned earlier, only to try and salvage what little was left to me, a good reference.
Please, anyone who might have some advice speak with me. I'm by myself in a state I don't know, I have no vehicle, I'm a student, this leaves me with online courses and a job radius that is within walking distance only as there are no bus routes within miles of this coworkers home. I'm very anxious to solve this problem immediately.
Also, I do not understand what is being presented to me here, as the "Legal Result of the Case":
Your benefit rights are suspended effective week ending --/--/2011 until you have earned your weekly benefit amount in each of eight weeks.
A 25% reduction may be applied to your maximum benefit amount."
How do I earn this? The week in question was the week I applied for unemployment, I have collected nothing. Earlier in it's message I was "ineligible", now I can earn 8 weeks of unemployment? I am just terribly lost.