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Common beef, even vulgarity, won’t rule out unemployment

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in Compensation and Benefits,Firing,Human Resources

Employees who get into arguments may be violating workplace rules. But that doesn’t mean that firing them cuts off possible unemployment compensation benefits.

Recent case: Paul worked as a laborer. At the end of a shift, he confronted another employee about allegations that Paul was a snitch. Paul told the employee, “I am tired of you telling mother****ing lies about me. Keep my ***damn name off your lips. I will sue you for slander if you keep it up.”

Paul was fired and applied for un­employment. His employer argued that Paul broke a rule prohibiting arguments; therefore he was fired for cause.

The court didn’t buy it, describing the argument as a common workplace disagreement rather than a threat of workplace violence. He got the benefits. (C&W Tank Cleaning v. Bagrowski, No. L-11-1194, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2012)

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