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Challenge unemployment if misconduct led to firing

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Employees who are fired for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits because their dismissal was the result of their own wrongdoing. Contest benefits when that happens.

Recent case: Maintenance worker DuWayne was an accident waiting to happen. After numerous near misses involving errant forklifts, he was fired for yet another safety violation.

DuWayne applied for unemployment, but his employer presented evidence that he had been repeatedly counseled to follow safety procedures. The court ruled that his failure to do so constituted misconduct—and denied unemployment benefits. (Fries v. Ozark Automotive Distributors, No. A-14-0659, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2015)

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