This is sort of a follow-up to a message I posted on the General section a little while back, but I think it falls more in line with opinion than fact… so I posted it here.
Anyway… for a bit of background:
I had an unemployment appeal coming up last week and, though I believe my case was a strong one, the uncertainty of it all had me pretty wired up in knots.
The reason I know it was a strong case is because my employer pretty much shot themself in the foot by falsifying pay records and then “confirming” it in one of their statements to the unemployment officer when contesting the initial claim. I had the proof to show what they did to try and “cover their tracks”.
Besides that, there are several other pieces of evidence I had in my favor. So, I had a good feeling that, on the facts and evidence alone, a win was almost certain. Also, the employer’s various statements and what they claimed was all over the place. After looking over the info, even my attorney asked “so what exactly are they claiming here? You quit? They fired you?” For example, they put down “fired for violation of company policies” as their “reason” but then said in their statement that I quit voluntarily, etc. etc.
Still, there was that nagging uncertainty that something could go wrong… and pretty much my entire livelihood is hinging on receiving unemployment. So it was scary.
Long and short of it… I mailed my evidence to the employer and to the appeals officer as instructed. I received nothing from the employer (not surprising, they had nothing to send).
Lo and behold… The day of the appeal they never called in. This was obviously a huge sigh of relief for me.
However… and maybe this is just my sub-conscious messing with me - but I still have this feeling that my former boss might be “screwing with me”, or just stalling. Reason is… I found out they can still appeal the decision - even though they didn’t show for the appeal that they requested 2.5 months ago (it really seems like the state gives the employer every possible opportunity to reverse the decision; it’s ridiculous). They’d only have to have good reason for having missed the first one, but it seems like an acceptable excuse wouldn’t be difficult to conjure up… if that’s what they’re doing.
So… my question is… given that they (again, going on what I said) didn’t have a strong case in the first place, and that they didn’t show up at the appeal (which many people predicted, based on the evidence I had)… what do you think the odds would be of him appealing it again… just to be a pain in the ass… or to maybe try and stretch it out… perhaps to try and “bleed” me of some funds since he knows I’m paying an attorney, etc?
I know it sounds perhaps a bit paranoid… but I don’t know… knowing my former boss as I do, and as others have described him… he’s a bit like a spoiled kid when something don’t go his way. I could see him appealing it again just because he can’t accept that he lost and “didn’t get his way”.