Stories of the Unemployed

Hospital Worker Sakile Chenzira Fired For Refusing Flu Shot, Cites Veganism

Hospital Worker Sakile Chenzira Fired For Refusing Flu Shot, Cites Veganism

More employers are requiring flu shots -- and firing workers who don't comply. Indeed, workers across the country are resisting the drive to mandate the vaccine, as was reported by AOL Jobs and USA Today. The workers are citing medical reasons like allergies and questions over the vaccine's efficacy, even... Read More »

Employment Guilt: I Got A Job But What About The Others?

Employment Guilt: I Got A Job But What About The Others?

Last week I marked the one-month anniversary of the day I started my new job. I'm noticing that, like riding a bike, the routine of working full-time is beginning to feel almost comfortable again. It was tough at first, but I'm getting used to it. Although I very much dislike the fact that I have less free... Read More »

Worst Christmas Ever: 'I May Lose My Unemployment Benefits'

Worst Christmas Ever: 'I May Lose My Unemployment Benefits'

By Jennifer Liberto This could be Karen Duckett's worst New Year, ever. Duckett, 51, of Laurel, Md., is among 2.1 million jobless Americans whose unemployment benefits will end on Dec. 29, if Congress doesn't act. Read More »

TV Meteorologist Rhonda Lee: Fired After Defending Hairstyle On Facebook

A Louisiana TV station has defended its decision to fire a black meteorologist, insisting that she repeatedly violated company policy by responding to comments on its Facebook page. But the woman says she had a right to reply to "embarrassingly racist" remarks, like one comparing her ethnic hair to a cancer... Read More »

O'Hare Janitors Carol At Mayor Emanuel's House To Save Their Jobs

O'Hare Janitors Carol At Mayor Emanuel's House To Save Their Jobs

Rather than waiving picket signs and calling the mayor the spawn of the devil, dozens of Chicago workers are attempting a new kind of protest: serenading Rahm Emanuel into submission. Three hundred and fifty janitorial workers at O'Hare International Airport are slated to lose their jobs on Friday, after... Read More »

Pinch Me: I'm Working Full Time Again

Pinch Me: I'm Working Full Time Again

What's it like, working full-time again after a nearly three-year sabbatical? It's seeing the beautiful full moon, still in the sky at 6:30 in the morning. It's smiling to myself because I feel connected to the world again. I'm no longer an observer, I'm a participant. It's having daily... Read More »

Bangladesh Factory Fire Survivors: Give Us Our Jobs Back

Bangladesh Factory Fire Survivors: Give Us Our Jobs Back

By Julhas Alam DHAKA, Bangladesh -- As 112 of her co-workers died in a garment-factory fire, Dipa Akter got out by jumping from the third floor through a hole made by breaking apart an exhaust fan. Her left leg is wrapped in bandages and she has trouble walking. Now she wants back in. "If the factory... Read More »

From Long-Term Unemployment To Full-Time Job: How I Beat The Odds

From Long-Term Unemployment To Full-Time Job: How I Beat The Odds

I'm starting a new, full-time job this week. I've waited 34 months to write that sentence. I received an offer on Tuesday and accepted it on Thursday. I can't even pinpoint exactly how I'm feeling right now, it's such a jumble. Happy, nervous, worried, anxious, sad, excited. Read More »

Is It A Mistake To Turn Down A Job Offer If You're Unemployed?

Is It A Mistake To Turn Down A Job Offer If You're Unemployed?

Lately I've received more calls than usual for job interviews. I'm very happy about this; but after one particularly promising interview today, I'm surprised that I'm also feeling a little unsettled. I think this employer may be on the verge of making me a job offer. You know how they say, "Be careful what... Read More »

Unemployed, Romney Supporter: 'I Am Numb'

Unemployed, Romney Supporter: 'I Am Numb'

It's the morning after Election Day 2012 and I am feeling numb. Over the past four years, nearly three of which occurred after my layoff from a good job with a good company, I came to believe that the policies of the Obama administration were antithetical to a robust economic recovery after a deep recession.... Read More »

Underemployed Workers: Left Behind In The Recovery?

Underemployed Workers: Left Behind In The Recovery?

Like many part-time employees, Bintou Kamara would like to work more hours. Employed as a cashier at a flagship Ambercrombie & Fitch store in midtown Manhattan, Kamara, 22, says that she works as few as five hours a week and is paid $9 an hour. Kamara's predicament is made all the more difficult by a... Read More »

Should You Apply For Multiple Jobs At One Company?

Should You Apply For Multiple Jobs At One Company?

I wonder if I'm the only one who applies for jobs multiple times at the same company. It's not that I'm banging my head endlessly against certain corporate walls. These are usually companies with whom I've previously interviewed by phone or in-person. Obviously they haven't offered me jobs -- yet -- but since... Read More »

Former Marine Jonathan Brown Fired For Going To Doctor And Being A 'Disabled Veteran,' Suit Claims

Former Marine Jonathan Brown Fired For Going To Doctor And Being A 'Disabled Veteran,' Suit Claims

Former Marine Jonathan Brown was discharged from the military about two years ago after injuries to his eyes left him unable to serve. And it's that disability, Brown is claiming in a recently filed lawsuit, that prompted his employer to fire him from the gym that he was managing last summer. Brown had been... Read More »

Do Job Interviews Have To Be So Grueling?

Do Job Interviews Have To Be So Grueling?

It's an amazing thing, really, the degree of stress one feels when preparing for a job interview, especially when: 1. You've been out of work for two-plus years. 2. You know that there are scads of well-qualified candidates being interviewed for the same job and 3. You're feeling rusty because you haven't... Read More »

Why The Unemployed Are Better Workers

Why The Unemployed Are Better Workers

It's unbelievable to me that some employers deliberately avoid hiring people who are unemployed. Let me put this another way: Some employers won't hire you if you actually need a job. There's an article posted on AOL Jobs right now, in which an employer explains 5 reasons why he won't hire the unemployed. I... Read More »

Employer Explains Why He Won't Hire The Unemployed

Employer Explains Why He Won't Hire The Unemployed

Discrimination against the unemployed is rampant. Some job ads explicitly require applicants to be "currently employed," and Americans who have been out of work for a year or longer report employers rejecting them as soon as that tidbit comes out. And this is legal in virtually every state. A congressional... Read More »

Richard Eggers, Fired By Wells Fargo For 50-Year-Old Prank, Can Reapply

Richard Eggers, Fired By Wells Fargo For 50-Year-Old Prank, Can Reapply

In July, Wells Fargo fired 68-year-old employee Richard Eggers for slipping a cardboard dime... Read More »

Is It A Mistake To Hold Out For A Full-Time Job?

Is It A Mistake To Hold Out For A Full-Time Job?

I don't want a part-time job. I'm fine with freelancing, which I do now; I'm a self-employed writer and editor. What I mean is that I'm not actively seeking a 20- or 25-hour-a-week job working regularly for someone else. Read More »

Discouraged Workers: Ashamed, Invisible And An Enduring Statistic

Discouraged Workers: Ashamed, Invisible And An Enduring Statistic

Like many older, unemployed workers, Geoff Dutton would like to find a job. The former software-manual writer has been out of work for 18 months, and during that time businesses have increasingly shifted to Internet-based systems for storing data rather than having their own in-house servers. "The companies... Read More »

Have The Unemployed Become The New Pariahs?

Have The Unemployed Become The New Pariahs?

In the couple of months since my blog about unemployment has been running on AOL Jobs, I've heard from many people, both across the U.S. and around the world, who are dealing with the unique and sometimes painful challenges of unemployment. A lot of us feel very isolated in what we're experiencing, so there's... Read More »

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