UnderCover Waitress: Unemployment Benefits for Darden Workers

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Unemployment Benefits for Darden Workers

In general, unemployment benefits are given to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Per Wikipedia:

"Americans out of work who do not qualify for unemployment insurance include part-time, temporary, and self-employed workers, and school graduates. There are five main reasons unemployment benefits would be declined: not being able or available to work, voluntary separation from work without a good cause, discharge connected to misconduct, refusal of suitable work, and unemployment resulting from a labor dispute."

Darden servers who have been demoted to SA:

1) are available for work;
2) if they quit due to the demotion, they had good cause: they can no longer support themselves on the SA earnings;
3) there was no misconduct;
4) they are not refusing suitable work because the wages and tips the SA earns are not enough to live on; and
5) arguably, there was no dispute. Darden gave a personality test to long-time workers, and changed the job description and pay for many of those workers.

I encourage any demoted server to please contact your state's local unemployment office. Rules vary some from state to state. I have heard rumors that Darden SAs are receiving unemployment benefits. Plus, it can't hurt to try.

Best of luck to all.

EDIT: Some of you have written that you were told you would be an SA for 90 days, then reconsidered. You may argue that you can not afford to subsist on SA wages for 90 days. This is a reasonable argument.
EDIT TWO: Also, the 90 day SA to server is not a guarantee. Some SAs may not become servers after 90 days.

I am rather "publish-button" happy this morning as I sit here with coffee. :-)

1 comment :

  1. Strangely enough, this sort of thing is the sort of thing that makes you want to see the company crash and burn... spectacularly.


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