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Cursing car salesman can’t get unemployment benefits

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A car salesman fired after he cursed and threatened a customer has been denied unemployment benefits. Frank was working at Cumberland Valley Motors in Cumberland County in October 2011 when he approached a customer. The man said he was waiting to see another salesman.

However, Frank kept talking—and the conversation grew heated. He called the man an obscene name and said he would “kick his ass.” The customer called the police. He eventually agreed not to press charges if the dealership handled the matter internally. It did, by firing Frank.

Denied unemployment benefits, Frank appealed, claiming that the customer started the altercation.

That didn’t persuade the judge who heard the appeal. He ruled that Frank’s “persistence constituted interfering with a person on the employer’s car lot” and was “threatening, intimidating and/or coercing.”

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