Employee denied unemployment insurance benefits following termination after threatening her supervisor
Tracy v Comm. of Labor, App. Div., 256 AD2d 800
In this age of voice mail and e-mail, it is relatively easy for an unhappy employee to leave a message for a supervisor and avoid a direct confrontation. As the Tracy case indicates, however, leaving a “vulgar and threatening message” on a superior’s voice mail will be treated as though the employee had made the offending statements in the supervisor’s presence.
Pamela A. Tracy was apparently upset about the manner in which management handled her complaints concerning a co-worker’s conduct. She left a “vulgar and threatening” message on her supervisor’s voice mail. As a result she was fired. The Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board ruled that she was disqualified from receiving benefits because her employment was terminated due to misconduct.”
The Appellate Division sustained the board’s decision. It said that it was “well settled that the use of vulgar language and disrespectful conduct towards supervisors constitutes disqualifying misconduct.”
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