An SEIU 722 member who was fired for failing to show up at work was able to collect unemployment benefits after the Metro Council’s Claimant Advocacy Program’s attorney successfully argued that she did not intentionally miss work. The employer had a practice of adjusting schedules without notifying staff directly and the worker had spoken to a manager who said that although it turned out she was on the schedule, they already had coverage, so she didn’t have to show up. With the help of her union, the worker also successfully challenged the firing and was able to return to work within a few months.
The Claimant Advocacy Program (CAP) is a free legal counseling service available to individuals who file unemployment compensation appeals in the District of Columbia. Call 202-974-8159 for more info.