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CASE NAME:  Shouna Thao, Relator, vs. Command Center, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
        Read the opinion in this case at A12-0068
        CITATION: 824 N.W.2d 1 (Minn. Ct. App. 2012)

  • Where an employer informs an employee that her hours will be reduced by 50% or more, is the worker required to affirmatively complain and give the employer an opportunity to correct the reduction in hours before she can be considered to have a good reason to quit caused by the employer for purposes of Unemployment Insurance benefits? The ULJ ruled that under MINN. STAT. § 268.095, subd. 3(c), Relator is required to complain and give the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct the "adverse working condition" of reduced hours before she can quit with good cause. Most apposite authorities: MINN. STAT. § 268.095, subds. 1(1), 3(a), (c); MINN. STAT. § 268.031, subd. 2; ROOTES V. WAL-MART ASSOCIATES, INC., 669 N.W.2d 416 (Minn. App. 2003); PORRAZZO V. NABISCO, INC., 360 N.W.2d 662 (Minn. App. 1985).
  • Under the law, an individual who quits employment is ineligible for unemployment benefits unless the individual quits for a good reason caused by the employer. In order for there to be good reason caused by the employer for quitting, the individual must frrst complain to the employer about adverse working conditions and allow the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct the conditions. Shouna Thao quit her employment with Command Center, Inc. after her hours were drastically cut. Thao did not complain to her employer before quitting. Did Thao have good reason caused by Command Center to quit her employment? Unemployment Law Judge Scott Mismash found that Thao quit without frrst complaining to her employer, and was therefore ineligible for unemployment benefits.

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