My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: New York.
Hello all, this is my first posting on the forum. I'm seeking opinions on an issue that involves both employment law and unemployment insurance procedures in my state.
I was 'let go' on 29 October 2009 from my job as a plumber because my boss wasn't happy about my 'bad habit' of taking my rightful half hour lunch and two fifteen minute breaks on occasion, and he was 'tired' of me griping about his policy of having all show up for work at 7 every day and not being on the clock until 8.
In other words, he was/attempting to cheat me out of 2 hours pay per day, 10 hours per 40 hour week. He also had some other strange ideas about employee relations, including docking employees for their technical mistakes or 'callbacks' at $50. per employee on such a job in each instance.
When I brought these issues up with him, he snapped back angrily 'the other guys accept this, why are you any different' and then went on to threaten my job. So, to keep my job secure in these hard times I tried my best to comply with this satanically greedy lunatic's demands until one day it finally came to a head and after an argument he canned me for 'poor job performance' that Thursday afternoon.
I have never been let go from any job for 'poor performance', I have more certifications and qualifications in my trade than my ex boss had. Thirty years worth. Also, if you think this guy looks like he was an ass to his employees, it pales in comparison to how he cheats his customer base. We used to call him crazy joe ripoff in recognition of his continual, abusive overcharging.
Last year he negligently left a mod/con gas boiler venting into the living area of a residence occupied by a young family, he simply didn't want to invest the time/money to vent it outside correctly ...if he really even understood how. You think living in an environment saturated with excess CO benefited those folks and their kids who paid in the five figure range to have the job done right? Just one example of many 'quality' jobs done by this feeb.
BTW, aside from operating his little sweat shop he's one of the local code inspectors on Long Island. Makes you feel safe that a guy with his lack of integrity is looking out for you and yours if you live on LI, doesn't it?
Soo, I filed for unemployment and was denied after being paid for a few weeks ...guess what he said, and I'm not joking ...he said I showed 'plumber's crack' once too often to his customers! I asked the caseworker at NYS DoL if she was trying to 'crack' a joke with this unemployed plumber, and she was dead serious! I spoke to her supervisor he related same to me a bit less disinterestedly than his underling, well I asked him if it was ok if I recorded the conversation.
I still cant believe what was said me, I've always taken great pride in my appearance and have shown customers the utmost respect regardless what the dynamic of my relationship was with them. You know that there are lots of folks out there who aren't easy to please, well I was one plumber who did his best to make 'em all happy. I was floored by this.
Questions are: is this a legit reason to deny paying unemployment, and what of those labor law violations?
I apoligize for being prolix here, any grammar mistakes (been years since school) ...and thanks in advance for any response.
PS> this is not a joke post