I was working 70 hour weeks for two years for a spoiled, very very rich, evil woman. I worked my butt off for her every day, all day. She never gave me a day off, if I was lucky, I would get one day off a month. I didn’t get sick days, holidays, vacation time, nothing. Then, my father got ill. I asked my employer for a day off, on Christmas so that I could be with my family.
She said no, she needed me to pack her bags for her to go out of town. It literally takes about a week and a half of nonstop work to pack her bags. Every year, on the day after Christmas, she and her four spoiled kids fly out, on her private luxury jet, to her mansion in France. She thought it was more important for me to pack for her than for me to see my family on Christmas, I hadn’t seen them in a year. I gave plenty of advance notice that I wouldn’t be there but she fired me anyway.
She hated paying unemployment benefits. She hated it so much so, that when there was someone she wanted to fire, she would just ghost them. She would stop sending them their schedule, she wouldn’t speak to them, she wouldn’t take their calls, or allow them on her property. Then, she would tell the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that they quit so that they couldn’t get unemployment. She also threatened her existing employees by telling them that she would fire them if they agreed to be a witness in a hearing for a former employee. Which, by the way, is incredibly illegal.
So, when she completely ghosted me after Christmas, I knew what she was doing. I called and texted everyone at my former job and asked what my schedule was. I was told by multiple people there that my employer had told them that they were not to speak to me, answer the phone when I called or put me on the schedule anymore. She also told them that if I arrived, not to let me in and not to tell me what she said. Then she told TWC that I quit, so I was ineligible for benefits.
I appealed, and I won. They sent me the unemployment money I was entitled to. Then, my employer appealed and she won. She altered text documents, falsified evidence, and straight lied about me in her appeal. So, I was expected to give the money back. I couldn’t give the money back though because I spent it on my rent, electricity, food, etc.
I am pretty sure she paid off someone at the TWC, considering the long list of unfair treatment I went through. While I was working for her, she paid people to do anything and everything for her. She paid for her kids to get into college, she pays her doctor to give her pills she doesn’t need, and she practically owns the police in her neighborhood.
Out of all the people that she has fired, no one has ever won against her in the TWC hearings. Which I only know because she bragged about it when I worked there, it makes me sick. She is taking that money away from hard working people with jobs and responsibilities. She has no idea what that is like, she hasn’t worked a day in her life. It’s not like she needs the money; she is a multibillionaire. She doesn’t even participate in the hearings; she has her lawyers do it for her and they lie the entire way through.
The last step of the appeal process is to go to actual court. I was told it was free to file the suit, turns out, that isn't true. Somehow, the court filed my papers twice, so one set was immediately dismissed. I now owe $500 for filing that suit, despite the fact that I submitted the Affidavit of Indigency. They don’t offer payment plans and they add a 30% fee every week until its paid. The suit not dismissed, I owe another $500 for. We are now in the discovery process of the suit and I can’t afford to pay to have the depositions, I can’t pay the stenographers, I can’t afford the court reporter, can’t afford the translator, and I can’t pay the fees for the notary services and use of the facilities. Each deposition requires all of those fees. I also can’t afford to subpoena the witness or serve the 3rd parties either. If I lose, I have to pay all of my costs and my employer’s costs and her lawyer’s fees plus all the wages I got when I won the first appeal. It will not be possible for me to win if I can’t conduct any depositions.
I applied for legal help but unless I am over 65, have a child, served in the military, want a divorce, or have been a victim of a sexual crime, I don’t qualify. What happened to me and to everyone else my former employer cheated out of their money was wrong and undeserved! If I win this case, it will allow me to help everyone else she has done this to. I can help make things right. My most recent job unfortunately ended abruptly thanks to the COVID-19 so I am back to being unemployed again. I don’t qualify for unemployment because of this whole thing with my former employer and the TWC. Please help me raise enough money to fight back against this wrongful misuse of the law. If not for me, then do it for all the people my employer wronged. Maybe I can get the judge to reopen all the cases she was involved in.