Briefs filed in Thomas P. Risk, Relator, vs. Eastside Beverage, Respondent, Commissioner of Economic Security, Respondent.

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CASE NAME:  Thomas P. Risk, Relator, vs. Eastside Beverage, Respondent, Commissioner of Economic Security, Respondent.
        Read the opinion in this case at C0-02-1920
        CITATION:  664 N.W.2d 16 (Minn.App. 2003)

Legal Issues in RELATOR'S BRIEF:
  • Did Eastside Beverage ("Respondent") act prematurely in terminating Tom Risk ("Relator") by not waiting for the final decision of the judicial review? The Commissioner held that the Relator's violation of driving employers vehicle while intoxicated was misconduct. Relator make every effort to remain employed awaiting the outcome of the judicial review. Respondent submitted incorrect documents to the Department of Economic Security.


  • Is an employee discharged for misconduct under Minn. Stat. § 268.095 when he operated a company vehicle while illegally intoxicated? The Representative of the Commissioner of Economic Security found that Risk's driving of the employer's commercial vehicle while intoxicated, which was shown by a preponderance of the evidence in the record, constituted employment misconduct under the statute. Houston v. Int'l Data Transfer Corp., 645 N.W.2d 144 (Minn. 2002). Markel v. city of Circle Pines, 479 N.W.2d 382 (Minn. 1992).


  • Whether the record reasonably supports that Relator was discharged for employment misconduct and is disqualified from unemployment benefits because his conduct disregarded a standard of behavior the employer had a right to expect and his conduct showed a substantial lack of concern for his employment. The commissioner's representative, Kent E. Todd, decided in the affirmative. Most apposite statutes: Minn. Stat. § 268.095, subds. 4 & 6 (2002); Minn. Stat. § 169A.20, subd .1(6)(2002). Most apposite cases, not to exceed four: Houston v. International Data Transfer Corp., 645 N.W.2d 144 (Minn. 2002); Schmidgall v. FilmTec Corp., 644 N.W.2d 801 (Minn. 2002); Tuff v. Knitcraft Corp., 526 N.W.2d 50, (Minn. 1995).

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