1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday, after Congress failed to extend federal benefits.
I have been unemployed since May, and I am about to lose my extended benefits.
I spent six years working for Chipotle Mexican Grill. I started off as a cashier and went up the ranks to general manager. I was told I was in line for a promotion. Two days later, I was let go and a girl I had trained was promoted. I guess she was younger and cheaper.
Since then, I have had 12 interviews and applied to over 90 companies.
I am not lazy and I do want to be productive and work. When you are fired to make way for cheaper, younger help, other companies look at you as if you must have been a low performer. It is as if I have been blacklisted for these past six months.
I do not know what I will do to pay my bills and rent after December. I am a mother of three teenage daughters and do not know what will happen if benefits are not extended.
I have never been in a position like this before because I always believed that with my strong work ethic I would always have work. I pray for everyone standing in my shoes and for those who are not. I hope that they never have to experience not giving your family Christmas or sharing a coat with your daughter because you cannot spend the little money you do have.
I don't think that anybody really chooses to be in the situation we were placed in.