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Insubordination is grounds for denying unemployment

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Employers can terminate employees for insubordination, and that can include walking out of meetings to discuss performance issues. In turn, being insubordinate can mean denial of unemployment compensation.

Recent case: When Lena’s contract as a math teacher was up for renewal, she requested extra pay for work she claimed she was doing beyond the job’s requirements.

The meeting got heated, with a supervisor raising for the first time alleged performance problems. Lena walked out. Her boss told her she needed to come back and apologize. She refused and was fired.

When Lena was rejected for un­­employment benefits, she appealed. The employer argued she had been insubordinate; the court agreed that barred her from receiving the benefits. (Saavedra v. TWC, No. 09-12-00567, Court of Appeals of Texas, 2014)

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