My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: PA
I was denied Unemployment back in Jan. Because Unemployment stated that there was insufficient evidence provided that my "voluntary quit" was of necessitous and compelling nature. I immediately appealed the "determination" and I have a hearing before a referee in a few days.
My entire case is based upon the fact that the environment was insufferable because of harassment that I endured thanks to my perceived sexual orientation.
I had to deal with every thing from being called the "f" word--to having to sit through meetings where managers mockingly talked about male-male sex acts--to these same managers speaking to each other using lispy baritones in a sophomoric attempt at mimicking "gay" speech patterns.
I also had to hear from more than one other co-worker how much they hated gays (they used the "f" word). Often times this behavior happened near me, but was not directed towards me, so I simply took it as part of the work-place environment.
I complained a lot about the indignities of this level of hostility, however I was afraid to speak directly to the heart of the issue and complain about the Homosexual aspect of the taunts. For instance, I complained to my personal manager that another manager had "made fun of my clothes" when in fact he said "that "f" wears the same clothes everyday".
I also complained about one of the work areas, where I had been subjected to some of the most vociferous bashing, by simply complaining every chance I got about the workers language, attitude, and lack of respect, I only briefly touched on the fact that I was berated made fun of, spoken down to and bashed for being what these people termed "gay". With my complaints, I know that I went up the chain of command from co-workers to team Manager then General Manager and so on, and I also know that since all of the managers were part of this environment they knew what was being said, and by whom, I just don't know how to argue this case since I have never had to quit a job like this before. How do i successfully argue Hostile work environment on this issue heavy case?