The Doctrine of Collateral Estoppel held to bar applicant’s claim for unemployment insurance benefits
Matter of Redd (Commissioner of Labor), 2012 NY Slip Op 05886, Appellate Division, Third Department
Initially suspended without pay from her employment for alleged misconduct, an arbitrator ultimately found the employee guilty of misconduct and terminated from her position.
The individual then filed for unemployment insurance benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board denied her claim for unemployment insurance benefits on the basis that she lost her employment through misconduct.
The Appellate Division affirmed the Board’s decision, holding that as “there was a full and fair opportunity to litigate the issue in the prior proceeding, collateral estoppel* effect must be given to the arbitrator's factual findings regarding claimant's misconduct.”
Further, said the court, upon review it concluded that "the Board properly took into account the arbitrator's factual findings regarding the events which led to claimant's dismissal and then went on to reach its own conclusion as to whether claimant's behavior constituted [disqualifying] misconduct under the Labor Law."
As the record before court provided substantial evidence to support the Board's conclusion that claimant engaged in disqualifying misconduct, the Appellate Division said that it found no basis to reverse the Board’s ruling.
* The Doctrine of Collateral Estoppel holds that the determination of the facts litigated between the parties to an earlier proceeding are binding and conclusive on those parties in any subsequent litigation involving the same issue[s] and parties.
The decision is posted on the Internet at:http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2012/2012_05886.htm