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CASE NAME: Judy A. Johnson, Relator, vs. Walch & Walch, Inc., Respondent, Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
Read the opinion in this case at A04-1451
CITATION: 696 N.W.2d 799 (Minn.App. 2005)
Legal Issues in RELATOR'S BRIEF AND APPENDIX:
Is Ms. Johnson eligible for unemployment compensation benefits under Minn. Stat. § 268.095 (2003)? The Commissioner's Representative concluded that Judy Johnson voluntarily quit her employment without good cause attributable to her employer because she rejected an offer of employment at the employer's Brooklyn Center location due to adverse working conditions of which she had failed to inform her employer. Minn. Stat. § 268.095 Subd. 3 (2003). Rootes v. Wal-Mart Assocs., 669 N.W.2d 416 (2003). Danielson Mobil, Inc. v. Johnson, 394 N.W.2d 251 (1986). Is acceptance or rejection of an offer of continued employment at a different location dispositive to a determination of qualification for unemployment benefits? The Commissioner's Representative concluded that Judy Johnson was required to accept any offer of continued employment and at least try it before rejecting it. Minn. Stat. § 268.095 Subd. 8(c) (2003). Rootes v. Wal-Mart Assocs., 669 N.W.2d 416 (2003). Danielson Mobil, Inc. v. Johnson, 394 N.W.2d 251 (1986).
Legal Issues in RESPONDENT-COMMISSIONER'S BRIEF AND APPENDIX:
Under the law, a person who quits employment is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits unless she quit for a good reason caused by the employer, defined as a reason that would compel an average, reasonable employee to quit and become unemployed, and including a substantial adverse change in her wages or other terms of employment. Judy Johnson quit her job because her employer proposed to transfer her to a new location where she would serve most of her old clients and some new clients, rather than being able to serve exclusively the same individuals she had served in the past. Did Judy Johnson quit for a good reason caused by the employer?