Claimant denied benefits after leaving work without speaking with manager as requested
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Claimant denied benefits after leaving work without speaking with manager as requested

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Affirming the Board’s denial of benefits, the court held that the Board’s finding that the claimant’s refusal to comply with an instruction to meet with his manager to discuss his behavior was disqualifying misconduct. The restaurant had received several prior complaints about the claimant's behavior, and management had previously warned him several times about his attitude towards the guests. After receiving complaints “yet again” on the day in question, the manager instructed the claimant to complete his checkout and wait for him in the office so they could discuss the complaints. Instead, the claimant checked out, left work, and did not return to work except to collect his paycheck (Lamar C. Curtis v. DES, Ill. App. Ct., First Dist., Fourth Div. (Unpub. Op.), No. 1-19-1269, 5/28/2020).

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