However the unemployment checks in Tennessee were pathetically low. A little over a grand per month and that was the MAXIMUM. My mortgage took up all of my checks and I had no food in my home and could not pay my utilities and pretty soon my savings ran out. So I filed for Food Stamps. Yet I was told I was $5.00 over the allowed amount for income and denied. When I asked the lady at the Food stamp office what was I suppose to do for food she looked at me and said "Call a Food Bank". I was LIVID. I had paid into the food stamp system ALL OF MY ADULT LIFE and when I needed it I was told NOPE. Can't help you. I called a Food Bank and was told all I would get was a can of tuna, one loaf of bread, one box of pasta and some crackers. FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH!!!!
Unlike Texas that has Texas Light'em up for unemployed and those on food stamps there was no utility help of any kind. Tennessee is a STINGY, STINGY, STINGY state. Wow.
This should be a lesson to all to never trust companies to do the right thing when it is in their financial benefit to do the opposite. I have seen many companies that don't think twice about undercutting their own employees and managers either. But in Tennessee they have some of the worst.
Here in Texas I know a few companies who would do layoffs but say they were all terminations and hire law firms to fight each claim but the Unemployment office here when they see how many people are suddenly claiming against one company pays the claims anyway. Tennessee could care less. They would side with the employer.
Tennessee is a bad state to be poor. Absolutely. It's an even WORSE state to be up against a company.