I applied for unemployment for the days they did not let me work (plus Christmas break, which I'll get). I however have to talk to an Unemployment Counselor in order to receive unemployment. That means I have to tell my side of the story as to why I am claiming unemployment. Is this any good? I'm up for any suggestions, especially from business people or anyone who has a clue about how unemployment works. This is the story as I know it. I'm going to read this to the person I get, because otherwise I'll get nervous and stammer. Thanks!!!! I have worked at Head Start since Oct. 2010. During that time, I have never called in sick once. I have filled in on other routes almost every time I was asked. I have followed t he rules. I have bus aided for four other bus drivers consistently and have at least subbed for every driver there. Everyone has seen my work. Nobody ever complained about me, my treatment of them, or my treatment of the children. I was never disciplined or written up. I did not talk back to my bosses. I did what they told me to do. This year I was paired with a bus driver who has been with HS a year. She did not complain about me until last week. She herself did not follow the rules a lot. Suddenly I got called into my bosses office with a laundry list of allegations from one bus route ride with this woman. I was so taken back that I didn't know how to respond. Nothing was true. I answered every question. It was hard sometimes because I did not remember the route as being exceptional in any way. Nothing unusual happened on it. My boss decided s he believed my bus driver, not me. Her investigation was simply believing the woman. She did not ask anybody else who I had worked with, which was everybody else, if these things had ever happened to them when I was working with them. I was so intimidated at firsts that I said maybe I should just be a sub. But by the end of the conversation with my boss, everything seemed all right so I forgot about it and went home. My boss called me again and said that John, who runs Head Start, was not happy with what he'd heard and that I needed to be a sub. I was called in to sign that I voluntarily agreed to be a sub. At that point, I called a lawyer who told me not to sign anything if I wanted to keep my job, which I did. I did agree to sign if they took the word voluntary out, but they wouldn't so I didn't. The lawyer had told me to be sure they told me my status that day, but they never called me back. As it stands right now, I am still employed, but not working although I am willing and able. Therefore, I am applying for unemployment. All I know is, I had to sign the form in order to be a sub. That makes me still this bus driver's aide, but they won't let me work.