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CASE NAME: Shirley Nichols, Relator, vs. Reliant Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
Read the opinion in this case at A05-2165
CITATION: 720 N.W.2d 590 (Minn.App. 2006)
Also Filed - APPELLANT'S BRIEF AND APPENDIX
Legal Issues in BRIEF OF RESPONDENT RELIANT ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING, INC.:
- Within a half hour of complaining to the office manager about a dispute with a co-worker, Shirley Nichols ("Nichols") gathered her belongings and left her job at Reliant Engineering & Manufacturing ("Reliant"), never to return. Despite Nichols' haste, Reliant had already begun to investigate the complaint. The unemployment law judge found that, because Reliant acted appropriately in promptly investigating and responding to Nichols' complaint, Nichols quit her job without good reason caused by her employer. As such, Nichols was disqualified from unemployment benefits. The question on review is whether the record reasonably supports the unemployment law judge's decision that Nichols is disqualified ftom receiving benefits. Apposite Statute and Cases: Minn. Stat. § 268.095 (2006 Supp.). (Respondent's App. ("RA") 31). Andrews v. Shervey Agency, Inc., 2005 WL 1021261 (Minn. Ct. App.). (RA 35.) Hanegraaf v. McDonough TruckLine, Inc., 2004 WL 835394 (Minn. Ct. App.). (RA 38.) Larson v. Department of Economic Security, 281 N.W.2d 667 (Minn. 1979) Yaggy v. Advocates Against Domestice Abuse, 2005 WL 1153738 (Minn. Ct. App.). (RA 31.)
Legal Issues in RESPONDENT-DEPARTMENT'S BRIEF AND APPENDIX:
- Under the law, a person who quits employment for than a defined set of reasons is disqualified from receiving benefits. Shirley Nichols was treated rudely by a co-worker who then later apologized. Later, she had another run-in with the same co-worker, and before the employer could investigate the incident, she quit. Is Nichols disqualified from receiving benefits?