Stories of the Unemployed

School Bus Driver Fired Over Facebook Post

School Bus Driver Fired Over Facebook Post

Yet another worker has been fired for speaking up on social media and has become a cause... Read More »

Catholic Teacher Fired After Getting Pregnant Awarded $171,000

A jury found that an Ohio archdiocese discriminated against a teacher who was fired after... Read More »

Fired News Anchor A.J. Clemente Back On The Job -- As A Bartender

Fired News Anchor A.J. Clemente Back On The Job -- As A Bartender

The news anchor who dropped the expletives heard around the Web is back to work. Just not at the kind of position he might have hoped. A.J. Clemente, 24, was fired in late April after saying the words, ""F---ing sh-t," on live television. It was his first day at work at NBC affiliate KFYR in Bismarck, N.D. Now... Read More »

Forever 21 Worker Fired After She Tells Her Traumatic Story

Forever 21 Worker Fired After She Tells Her Traumatic Story

Companies usually have a tight muzzle on employees when it comes to talking to the press, and even fire workers for embarrassing them in the media. But a San Diego worker at Forever 21, the retail chain, didn't expect to lose her job when she told a local weekly her story of overcoming a life of drug addiction... Read More »

Over 50 And Jobless? Training Programs Offer New Hope

Over 50 And Jobless? Training Programs Offer New Hope

By Christina Scotti Two men named Bob. Both are over 50 years old. Both had been working consistently for nearly three decades before losing their jobs in 2009. Both were out of work for more than 99 weeks. Now there is one glaring difference. Bob Greeney is employed. Bob Sullivan is still fighting to get back... Read More »

Debtors' Prisons Return To The U.S., ACLU Finds

Debtors' Prisons Return To The U.S., ACLU Finds

Have you ever been stuck on the "jail" square in Monopoly, because you just couldn't pay the $50 to get out? That's not allowed in real life. Under the U.S. Constitution, you can't go to jail, or be kept in jail, just because you're unable to afford a fine. But it still happens. The American Civil Liberties... Read More »

Calif. Mom Linda Smith Offers $500 To Get Her Daughter A Job

Calif. Mom Linda Smith Offers $500 To Get Her Daughter A Job

Calif. mom Linda Smith offers motorists $500 if they give her daughter a job Read More »

Susan Burton's Amazing Second Act: Despair And Drugs To A Heroic Crusade

Susan Burton's Amazing Second Act: Despair And Drugs To A Heroic Crusade

After Susan Burton's 5-year old son died, she became a drug addict and lost her job. How she rebuilt her life -- and now helps others. Read More »

From Loan Officer To Lounge Singer: How Fred Sanford Turned A Passion Into A Job

From Loan Officer To Lounge Singer: How Fred Sanford Turned A Passion Into A Job

Fred Sanford saw his job disappear during the financial crisis. But he reconnected with his passion for music and turned it into a job. Read More »

Midwest Bank Helps Unemployed Customers In Unexpected Way

Midwest Bank Helps Unemployed Customers In Unexpected Way

There are plenty of mortgage relief programs out there, from the well-intended to the deceptive and illegal. But one bank is offering real and potentially transformative help to its unemployed mortgage customers, who are struggling to make their payments. Fifth Third Bancorp, based mainly in the Midwest, is... Read More »

The Real Reason There Are So Many Long-Term Unemployed?

The Real Reason There Are So Many Long-Term Unemployed?

The average unemployed American now spends 35 weeks job-hunting, an amount almost double what it's been at any point before the Great Recession. And one thing that everyone agrees on: Even though more and more companies are hiring, people who have been unemployed for six months or more aren't getting those... Read More »

Man Robs Former Employer To Convince Wife He's Still Working, Police Say

Man Robs Former Employer To Convince Wife He's Still Working, Police Say

In the movie "Tokyo Sonata," a midlevel manager loses his job, but too ashamed to tell his family, hides the fact by waking up every morning, putting on a suit and going to job interviews instead. In the real life story of Martyn Goddard, a discount store worker loses his job, but too ashamed to tell his... Read More »

Why Your Resume Stinks (And What To Do About It Now)

Why Your Resume Stinks (And What To Do About It Now)

There's nothing like a 90-minute session with a resume maven to point out how little you know about your own accomplishments-or how lame you look on paper. I knew I needed help, but when Miriam Salpeter, a job and social media coach, began her critique, my head started spinning. Read More »

Teacher Aryeh Eller Earned Nearly $1 Million In 'Rubber Room'

The rubber room proves profitable. Read More »

Unemployed Man, Chad David Ryan, Turned To Robbery, Police Say

Unemployed Man, Chad David Ryan, Turned To Robbery, Police Say

In an investigation of a grocery store theft, police in Newberry Township, Pa., tracked down the home of 39-year-old Chad David Ryan. When they arrived, Ryan was unpacking several hundred dollars worth of stolen food, reports the York Daily Record. He then confessed to a string of armed robberies, showed... Read More »

Over 50? What You Should Expect From A Job

Over 50? What You Should Expect From A Job

I'd be lying if I said that I'm not worried about my age -- 51 -- being a problem in my job hunt, especially after working independently for more than a decade. But I just can't believe I'm doomed because of it. I have friends who've switched jobs, acquired new skill sets, and launched satisfying careers after... Read More »

Why You Need A Social Media Makeover

Why You Need A Social Media Makeover

Could I really find a job if I had a better Twitter bio? Or beefed up my Facebook presence? I have to admit I hoped the answer was no. I've largely avoided Facebook and Twitter even though I've had accounts for years. Here's why: I never know what to say. I'm uncomfortable being so public. I'm not... Read More »

Walmart Hiring Plan Excludes Nearly 1 Million Unemployed Veterans

Walmart Hiring Plan Excludes Nearly 1 Million Unemployed Veterans

Walmart's plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans comes with a major catch: Only those who have been honorably discharged on or after the plan's announcement on Jan. 15 will be eligible. (The official launch date is Memorial Day.) Which means that veterans who left service yesterday, or last week, will not be... Read More »

A Career Makeover ... In 3 Minutes?

A Career Makeover ... In 3 Minutes?

Gail Belsky is blogging for AOL Jobs about her quest to find a new job -- and reinvent her career. She will be posting every Monday. In the meantime, feel free to share your suggestions, thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. As part of my attempt to reinvent my career, I had my first consult with... Read More »

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