January 31st, 2005

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08:54 pm - on whoring... the cure for our unemployment woes...

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on whoring... the cure for our unemployment woes... - graffiti.maverick

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[User Picture]From: raia Date: January 31st, 2005 - 07:17 pm (Link)
I was on unemployment in PA for a few months. I appreciate the pressure of the uncertainty you deal with when unemployed.

Unemployment payments are not welfare. Well, not in PA; I haven't dealt with California and hope I never have to. Unemployment payments are insurance payouts which one is entitled to after having paid into the system via deductions from one's paycheck, and continued receipt of them is contingent on adherence to the rules.

Having said that, I've worked as a telemarketer and (currently) driven a cab under no duress from any unemployment agency and I feel that if you have the wherewithal to hire a lawyer to plead your case then you have the smarts to get a job as a barista or a waitress. If you have to change your standard of living, suck it up and get a studio in [the Tenderloin, the Hill District, insert 'hood here].
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 31st, 2005 - 09:15 pm (Link)
the thing is, its not about your standard of living. The woman was an IT person but she said she was willing to be a waitress. Its about the fact that she didn't want to do a specific job. My argument is that her reasoning shouldn't be relevant. Again, I'll grant that I don't know the specifics of German law.

As I said, there are certain jobs that I'd rather he dirt poor and starving than work. It so happens that in my case prostitution is not one of them. But if I were required to lose my compensation because I took a moral stand against say, advertising for the Klan (which was my example) you can be damn sure that I'd raise one hell of a legal case against them. Again, not knowing as much about Germany, but here, such lawyers are pretty readily available through the ACLU, working pro-bono or working for a percentage of the settlement. I'd expect its similar there. I don't think the fact that she's seeking legal restitution is unjustified or at all relevant to whether or not she could find a job. Its been 2.5 years since I was laid off, and I still haven't found a job doing what I want to be doing. I deal with it. Settling is one thing, compromising oneself is another.

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