39 year employee (2nd Generation) with a spotless record, fired with no opportunity for appeal.
My husband got his unemployment appeal letter today… DENIED!
Thank you ESCO for throwing my husband into the garbage can with no remorse.
He still hasn’t received ONE phone call or letter from this company offering a word for his 39 years of service. How does Calvin Collins and the rest of those men sleep at night knowing what they did to so many families???
1. ESCO took away his income, his unemployment benefits and his health insurance.
2. ESCO took away his wife’s ability to finish her Cancer Treatments.
2. ESCO violently took away his dignity.
4. ESCO has shown no compassion, nor had the decency to contact him regarding his termination or to thank him for all the years he gave the company.
- Employees learn that the company would be losing a huge account, Caterpillar Inc.
- Staff members share concerns about management’s talks involving layoffs that will occur before the end of 2012.
- An electronic PDF file of revisions to the employee handbook was emailed to employees.
- Over 98% of the revisions were related to new company drug testing.
- Revisions included NEW clauses for allowing “blanket testing”, no second chance options, no right to appeal or discussion. It also included a new revision stating the company would not recognize medical marijuana as a legally prescribed drug.
- Less than 4 weeks after ESCO’s handbook revisions were released, the company conducted a surprise “blanket test”.
- Not all employees had to take the drug test. Select departments and management personal were exempt.
- Staff members were marched out to a mobile lab trailer that was brought in.
- Privacy was not considered and the test was taken in a group setting where everyone knew who passed or failed.
- One manager quoted “The are going to thin the herd before layoffs”.
September 12th, 2012
- ESCO Corporation fires several employees based on failed drug test results without any regard to their personal situation or employment record.
- Temination was issued by one brief phone call from the HR department advising of the loss of employment and intention of denying unemployment benefits.
- Employees were not allowed to speak to upper management concerning their termination.
- Employess who lost their jobs that day including dedicated personal that had been with the company for 15, 25 and 39 years.
- Paul Hicks was terminated for having a trace of THC in his test results.
Semptember 15th, 2012
- Paul Hicks applies for unemployment benefits that he paid into for 39 years.
- Denied by ESCO.
October 30, 2012
- Paul Hicks has unemployment appeal hearing.
- ESCO confirms to the judge that Paul Hicks had no previous violations or on his 39 year record and wasn’t under suspect of job performance due to drug or alcohol use.
- Denied by ESCO and the Judge. The judge concludes that ESCO didn’t break any laws.