A: If you are a state employee you should review your collective bargaining agreement to determine what steps should have been taken prior to your dismissal. It would be best to contact an employment attorney who understands civil service employment law and have them review the agreement with you. Usually an initial consultation is no charge.
A: You should not be working for free. Your employer is required to pay you for every hour worked. You should let you know know what you are being paid per hour and how many hours you work every week.
You should speak with an employment attorney to make sure you are being paid properly. A reputable employment attorney will not charge you to listen to you describe your situation.
A: The first question I would ask is if you are a member of a Union. If you are a member of a Union, the answer to your question is probably in your collective bargaining agreement. You should read it carefully or contact a labor attorney to review the agreement.