I worked for a company known as CCI. It's a research facility, long story short. I read my contract while I signed for employment, and I was supposed to be employed for a few months. Those few months were actually 2 weeks. At the end of February they told us that our department was finished for the year, and [2 days later] would be an optional last day. We didn't have to come in. There would be a few positions available to work in different departments, and if you wanted to see if you could get in they would look over your resume but there was no guarantee.
So I approached this logically; I had no seniority so I assumed the jobs would go to someone that's been there longer. At the time my dad was in fair health so we still had 2 incomes coming in. There was also about 15 of us, so with this information and my understanding. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, I was laid off on probably 2 days notice. It was asked out loud if it would be the final day and our supervisor nodded yes. This was straight from our Manager who she double checked with.
I came in Monday to see if there were any odd jobs I could do, they had guaranteed us 3 hours of work. When I got there there was 9 people there. At the time I had been told that I had to work a minimum of 3 hours to be paid. So when I saw everyone there I made the decision to see how I would pick up my final paycheck instead of taking away my coworkers hours and looking for employment elsewhere. When I went in to ask when I should come in for my final paycheck and ROE (calmly) she talked to my like I was being Irate. Quiet little old me tearing a strip out of her by saying;
"Excuse me [manager] do you have a moment?" and "I know that today's the last day for our employment, I was hoping you might be able to tell me when I could come in to pick up my final check?" What can I say I'm a monster.
She told me they'd call me to come and get it, and they could probably find some work for me to do for 3 hours but because of the amount of extra it might not be possible. I assumed I'd be doing something other than what the 9 other people were doing. My Supervisor came in and said we have a couple hours work, so 3 if I'm lucky and counting on no one else showed up. It was what I suspected, and it was an optional last day. So I explained I'd give my coworkers the extra hours and left the building.
To me this makes it seem like I was fired not quit. This poked at me a few times because 1. You said it was an optional day. 2. I wasn't sure if I would have had 3 hours of work to do and 3. You told us there would be no work.
So I message her back explaining I was under the impression the project was finished and asked if I had misunderstood? Followed by I thought that I had been laid off. So instead of taking my coworkers hours away I chose to invest that time finding another job. She said yes there's no more work, and it took a month for them to even get my ROE ready!
I found a job at Burger Joint and well you guys know what happened there so when I was fired there I signed up for Employment Insurance to give me some money to keep me going. The Government of Canada however, refused my claim because according to CCI Research I quit, and my side of the story didn't even matter to the rep I was talking to. He saw the e-mails I sent her, heard how they only gave me 2 days notice before saying we were unemployed. It's like they purposely made it look like I quit instead of owning up to just laying off an entire department. To make matters worse, and this is according to the government. Moving up North with my then fiance and then moving back to spend whatever amount of time I have left with my dad who is dying is not a just cause to quit a job. Wouldn't have mattered if my dad wasn't sick because also according to the government, breaking up and moving home because I wouldn't have been able to support myself is not a just cause to quit a job. Said job was 4 1/2 hours away and is minimum wage I also don't drive. There is no way in hell I'd be commuting on the Greyhound bus.
I've lost faith in my government, one year ago today on June 6th I basically ruined my life by accepting the love of my life's marriage proposal. While there are cases of people probably actually milking the system for money; I sit here with my life in ruin with no support from my own government because of Bosses from Hell like her.