My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: CA
I was recently let go after 2.5 years. At exit meeting, they (HR, my 1st-level mgr, 2nd-level mgr) said "We need to let you go because your behavior is aggressive. The way you run meetings is too intimidating."
I had never heard this feedback before. The issue of aggressive behavior has never come up. In 6 months of one-on-one mtgs w. 1st-level mgr, this particular issue was never brought up. We had a seemingly close working relationship ... collaborative, seemed to get along, etc.
Then came the sudden termination, one day after I returned from a 2 week vacation.
They said that the termination is NOT related to job performance. They just said, "Your style of operating just does not fit"
I realize it was all a "set-up", a justification to get rid of me
My questions to the advisers on this forum, based on facts above:
- What are my chances to obtain Unemployment Benefits in CA ? From reading CA EDD website, I understand that for those who are fired, the Employer has to prove "misconduct" in order to deny Unemployment Benefits.
- Does alleged "aggressive behavior" qualify as "misconduct" ? I can prove that NO management counseling was ever given for this allegation.
- What kinds of questions will EDD ask me during the phone interview, which "automatically" comes when citing "Discharge / Fired" as reason for unemployment ?
- Is there anything else that I should be on the lookout for ?
The HR folks said they will not "contest" any claims I make on the Unemployment.
I am trying to prepare, so that I "get it right" the first time, and not trigger any questions from the EDD that might accidentally lead to denial of benefits.
I would appreciate any guidance you have